Bill Murray, Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, and Cate Blanchett all set for George Clooney's Monuments Men

Actor/director George Clooney has rounded up one hell of a cast for his upcoming film MONUMENTS MEN, a WWII-set drama, which will star Clooney, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban, and Cate Blanchett.  Now, that's a cast! 

According to Deadline, the story "confronts the final chapter of Germany’s rule, which came down to the absolute destruction of everything that makes a culture keep its standing, including the lives that are lost and the sacrifices that are made. All of this is in danger of being lost forever as Hitler and the Nazis try to cover the tracks of a murderous regime. A crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art that were stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them."

Sounds like a cool pic.  Clooney hasn't exactly floored me with his directing skills thus far, but with a cast like this I have high hopes that he'll knock one out of the park.  His previous directorial efforts include CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, LEATHERHEADS, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, and THE IDES OF MARCH.

The drama was scripted by Clooney and his writing partner Grant Heslov.  Production is set to begin March 1, 2013 in Europe with a release date yet to be determined.  It was also announced that Alexandre Desplat (ARGO) will be supplying the score.

More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Craig's casting in this is reminiscent of Spielberg's Munich. A surprising and welcome addition to an already great cast.
Source: Deadline



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