Deadline is reporting that nice guy Matt Damon is in talks to join the cast of nice guy George Clooney’s next film. If negotiations work out, this will mark their fifth onscreen collaboration with one another.
If you haven’t already heard of George Clooney’s next planned directorial effort, it is to be called Monuments Men and it sounds awesome. Based on Robert M. Edsel’s 2010 book, “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”, Monuments Men will tell the story of the six-man team who, in the eleven months between the storming of Normandy and the Allied victory in Europe, were tasked with recovering artwork stolen by the Nazis and returning them to safety before their inevitable disappearances, and often intended destruction.
So we have a race against time and a historical setting focusing on a small band of unarmed outsiders… If you maybe made the connection to Damon’s best buddy Ben Affleck and his latest, Argo, I’m glad because that’s where I was taking it… Argo was produced by Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov, both are here again, this time also as co-writers.
If Damon is in fact on board he will not be without a fair share of top-tier actors to share screen time with… Already signed on is French import Jean Dujardin, fresh off his Oscar win for Best Actor in The Artist. Joining him will be Hollywood mainstays Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman, alongside the very capable Bob Balaban and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville.
For sheer raw talent and diversity, this is one of the better casts in a long time. All I can hope for is that Clooney’s former lead in Good Night and Good Luck, David Strathairn, makes an appearance and I will sleep like a baby for the next several months on the sheer fact of having been reminded that sometimes good, competent people do make big Hollywood movies.
Damon will next be seen alongside another nice guy, John Krasinski, in Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land and Clooney is co-starring with Sandra Bullock in next year’s disaster movie in space, Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron.
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