Emily Rome
February 07, 2013 AT 02:00 PM EST

Tommy Lee Jones is following up his role as Rep. Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln with a performance as another curmudgeonly historical figure, this time as General Douglas MacArthur in the days following Japan’s World War II surrender. Jones brings the polarizing general to life in Emperor, set to open in theaters March 8. Here EW debuts the poster for the historical drama.

The darkly elegant poster features Jones in the background and co-star Matthew Fox in the foreground, with title text that incorporates the rising sun of the Japanese flag. Check it out below:

Emperor chronicles MacArthur’s mission to determine whether Japanese Emperor Hirohito should be punished for war crimes. Fox plays General Bonner Fellers, an expert on Japanese culture who joined MacArthur in the investigation.

The film, directed by Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring), premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year.

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