George Clooney is gathering an impressive group of actors together for his next feature film as director. Clooney's set to helm The Monuments Men and has signed up Daniel Craig (pictured here at the London premiere of Skyfall), Cate Blanchett (she and Clooney worked together in The Good German), Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, and Hugh Bonneville - according to Deadline.
Clooney adapted the story and will also be tackling a role in the dramatic film based on Robert M. Edsel's book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. Per the book publisher's site: "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 cataloging 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 Monuments 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."
Filming is expected to begin on March 1, 2013.
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