George Clooney seems committed to putting together one of the most impressive casts in recent memory with his upcoming directorial effort The Monuments Men. The period drama centers on a group of art experts selected by the U.S. Government to chase down the stolen art of Europe during World War II, and Clooney is already set to star alongside Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban. Now Deadline reports that friend and frequent collaborator Matt Damon is negotiating to join the cast.
Clooney co-wrote the film with Grant Heslov and will also star and direct. The premise sounds a bit like Clooney is mounting his own period version of Ocean’s Eleven, and with a cast this spectacular it looks to be one hell of a movie. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for the novel The Monuments Men.
At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised.
In a race against time,behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis. [Amazon]