George Clooney Sets Daniel Craig, Bill Murray & More for ‘Monuments Men’

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Ben Affleck’s Argo is sitting atop the U.S. box office, demonstrating that audiences will, in fact, turn out for high-minded history lessons from Hollywood – when they are presented as rousing genre entertainment, that is. That bodes well for George Clooney’s next project, an adaptation of Robert M. Edsel’s non-fiction book The Monuments Men (which the former Batman Oscar-nominated actor is directing, in addition to co-starring and writing alongside his trusted collaborator, Grant Heslov).

Many of the same people who worked on Argo (including four-time Oscar-nominee composer Alexander Desplat, who also scored Clooney’s Ides of March) are re-collaborating behind the scenes on Monuments Men. Meanwhile, Clooney is going to be joined onscreen by a prestigious collection of thespians and character actors.

Deadline is reporting that the Monuments Men ensemble includes Daniel Craig (who’s back as James Bond in Skyfall), Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist), John Goodman (another Argo alum), Golden Globe-nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Bob Balaban (most recently seen as ‘Narrator’ in Moonrise Kingdom). However, their roles in the film have yet to be officially-revealed.

Here is a synopsis for Edsel’s Monuments Men book:

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.

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Daniel Craig is one of the ‘Monuments Men’

Monuments Men could be the most ‘cinematic’ of Clooney’s directorial efforts to date, after the dialogue-driven Good Night, and Good Luck., the screwball comedy Leatherheads, and play-based Ides of March. That could help propel Clooney’s latest to higher box office returns than his previous films, since more people should be interested in watching a WWII thriller with a pretty killer cast. Not to mention, Monuments Men covers a fascinating, but less-explored, side of the fight against Hitler.

Argo has prompted some ‘True Story vs. The Movie’ discussions, as it ultimately deviates from some important facts in order to heighten the entertainment level. We shall just have to wait and see how much Monuments Men does (or does not) follow suit – though, don’t expect that to prevent people from starting the debate in advance, based solely on Clooney’s well-publicized political affiliations.

Filming on Monuments Men is slated to begin next March in Europe.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. It’s no doubt hopeless for anyone reviewing films (and historians) to reason that “a movie” is a screen and not a window; an automatic fiction by its medium and not orthodox history in its nature.

    NO MOVIE IS REALITY BECAUSE A MOVIE NOT ONLY HAS TO MAKE SENSE BUT MUST ALSO ENTERTAIN ON SOME SORT OF GENRE LEVEL FOR A “MASS” AUDIENCE THAT BEGS MORE MONEY THAN AN ART FILM.

    As stated…no doubt, it’s hopeless.

  2. I will never watch anything that Clooney is a part of because he, as well as so many other entertainers, have decided it is their duty to try and shove their political views down this country’s throat. Maybe one day entertainers will learn these decisions cannot help their careers.

    • ^^^ THIS!! x10 ^^^

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  4. Sounds like a film I’d like to watch and with a cast like that it can’t fail to be a well acted effort.

  5. This should be another award winning movie. With this cast, George and his partner Grant running the show it cannot go wrong. Also George gets better with each acting role, if that is possible.

  6. Here’s a video from Potsdam Babelsberg near Berlin, Clooney in preproduction for “The Monuments Men”: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly/posts/227891727347863

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