George Clooney Makes the Case for Matt Damon in HAMDAN VS. RUMSFELD

     September 21, 2009


Want to know why I trust George Clooney with a movie like “Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld” which is a courtroom drama about the U.S. case against Osama Bin Laden’s former chauffeur Salim Ahmed Hamdan?  He made “Good Night, and Good Luck.”  Because he’s not trying to make it a political film but clearly tells a good story first and lets the political aspect speak for itself.  Now with the news that he’s casting his friend Matt Damon as the lead means they’re crafting a powerhouse of movie.  Find out why this film will be one of my most-anticipated if it comes together.

/Film [via FemaleFirst] reports that Clooney has brought Matt Damon to star as Hamdan’s lawyer as the film tracks Hamdan’s capture to his incarceration in Guantanamo Bay as his case moves through the system and eventually reaches the Supreme Court.

Clooney and Damon previously co-starred in Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana” but there’s no word if Clooney would have a supporting role in “Hamdan” although Clooney has yet to direct a film where he didn’t at least have a supporting role.  Personally, I think he’s a modern-day Cary Grant but also with unsettling skill at directing (his debut film, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” was my favorite film of 2002 until I saw “City of God” the following year).  By its very nature, this will probably be Clooney’s most controversial film to date but I’m comforted by the fact that Clooney doesn’t do his films for the controversy (at least not yet, anyway) but as fare for adults, even when it has broad appeal like “Leatherheads”.  When you throw an actor like Matt Damon in the mix, that’s what makes a powerhouse.


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