The fact that George Clooney’s career actually survived the Bat-nippled fiasco that was Batman and Robin is a testament to his capability as a leading man. Him turning also turning into a pretty capable filmmaker surely didn’t hurt either.
Now for his next project, in which he’ll be donning the caps of director, writer and star, Clooney is assembling a rather impressive support cast, starting with one very excitable French artist.
With his history making Academy Award winning performance in The Artist (the first Frenchman to ever do so), Jean Dujardin truly took Hollywood by storm in 2012, despite almost never saying a word, and then not having most people understand him when he did. And now, according to The Wrap, the rather exuberant Frenchman is being eyed to play an artist of a different kind in Clooney’s The Monuments Men, the true story of a group of art experts recruited by the US government to retrieve stolen artwork from the Nazis in Europe during WW2.
While there’s not much info for Dujardin’s potential role, we know that Clooney will play George Stout, a U.S. Army officer and celebrated art conservationist. And Clooney is looking to round out the cast by previously approaching another couple of acting heavyweights in Paul Giamatti; who was offered the role of Lincoln Kirstein, the co-founder of the New York Ballet; and Cate Blanchett, who might play French Resistance member and art historian, Rose Valland.
That’s a rather amazing cast thus far, and an even more intriguing premise, so you can bet that I’ll be keeping my eye on this one for any casting confirmations.
Clooney’s script, co-written by his Good Night and Good Luck writing and producing partner Grant Heslov, will be adapted from the novel “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History” by Robert M Edsel, the synopsis for which is below:
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.
Last Updated: October 3, 2012