George Clooney is one of those guys who took his success by the horns. He’s worked repeatedly with great directors, and his films usually have a mark of quality to them. Even his goofier films are directed by the likes of Steven Soderbergh and the Coen Brothers. He also likes to direct himself, and he’s following up The Ides of March with The Yankee Comandante.

Clooney spent last fall as one of the contenders for best actor in The Descendents, but ended up losing to Jean Dujardin‘s performance in The Artist. Which is funny as it feels like The Artist has already left pop culture. It’s gone. Just another forgettable Oscar winner. Weird. Clooney’s got a film coming out in 2013 with Gravity, but it looks like his plate is clear for the moment.

Though it says he’ll direct and produce, there’s no writer attached, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov. Variety tells us that the film will be done at Focus Features, and that it’s based David Grann’s recent New Yorker story about William Alexander Morgan. The American Morgan worked with Fidel Castro in Cuba to help topple a dictatorship, and he also stopped a coup. But he fell out of Castro’s favor a couple years later and was executed – partly for his beliefs. If this is ready for the fall of 2013, it will surely be an Oscar contender.

What’s your favorite Clooney role?