George Clooney To Direct And Star in WW2 Heist Film

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George Clooney will make the WW2 heist film The Monuments Men one of his next directing projects. The Academy Award-winning actor will also take one of the lead roles. Why should you get terribly excited about this news, you might ask?

Because it gives the actor, director, humanitarian and respected coffee salesman the opportunity to make a cool, humorous, possibly star-studded, guys on the mission, 70s-ish war flick in the vein of Kelly’s Heroes. Think Ocean’s Eleven meets Saving Private Ryan…ish.

Clooney described Men at the Palm Springs Film Festival as a 'big budget' and 'commercial' project. So the film might be the most ambitious efford to date for the talented jack of all trades, or, as we in the Moviepilot offices like to call him, 'that charming bastard.'

Here's the summary of the non-fiction book the film will be based on, courtesy of Amazon (via indieWIRE's The Playlist):

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.

Watch the trailer for Kelly's Heroes to see which mood Clooney might want to hit with Monument Men:

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