George Clooney has put together a dreamy, all-star cast for his next feature, a WWII drama entitled Monuments Men. Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and Jean Dujardin are just a few of the names that will appear in Clooney’s fourth directorial effort.

Monuments Men is a period drama written by Clooney and his frequent collaborator Grant Heslov (co-writer on Good Night, and Good Luck and The Ides of March). The film is based on Robert M. Edsel‘s non-fiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Hunt in History.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the book:

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 Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

According to Deadline, Clooney’s film will follow a crew of art historians and museum curators who unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroyed them.

Clooney will star in the film, along with John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville (Downtown Abbey) and Bob Balaban – as well as those mentioned above. There’s no word on who’ll be playing who yet.

Principal photography will begin on the first of March, in Europe. 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures are backing the film, and Clooney’s using the same crew Ben Affleck used on Argo.

Monuments Men sounds like a huge production, with a big budget. The big names should attract a large audience, as well as the topic. This might be a WWII, Hitler-related movie (yawn) but it will cover a topic that hasn’t really been explored in cinema, and that’s exciting.

What do you think?

Source: Cinema Blend