The Monuments Men Director: George Clooney
Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett Columbia Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 118 Minutes
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Co-written and directed by George Clooney, and based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel, The Monuments Men is a World War II drama about an Allied platoon of over-the-hill museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and historians who are tasked with an unusual mission.
The platoon, which consists of Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), must enter Germany during the closing stages of the War and rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.
The final member of the platoon, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Matt Damon), is sent to France to gain valuable intel about the location of the stolen art from Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett), a French art historian and undercover member of the French Resistance. The scholars-turned-soldiers, known as the Monuments Men by military brass, find themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of one thousand years of culture and protect mankind’s greatest artistic achievements.
The first trailer for The Monuments Men directed by and starring George Clooney has arrived. The film features Clooney leading a small squad of architects and artists into World War II battlefields to save, preserve, and steal pieces of culture that can otherwise be destroyed by the Nazis.
Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville will join Clooney on his fight to preserve history itself from destruction, and there is a chance you will get to see them shoot some Nazis. Based on the cast list alone, there is the potential to see these characters struggle through basic military training and figuring out how to handle a firing arm. Hit the jump to see the full trailer.
As the iconic actor/director’s latest piece, The Ides Of March, appears to be coming back into the zeitgeist in the biggest of ways, what is next for George Clooney both in front of and behind the camera is of the highest intrigue. Well, now we have our answer to this hotly discussed question.
The Wrap is reporting that Clooney will write, direct and even star in an upcoming adaptation of the novel The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. Penned by Robert Edsel, the book follows the story of a group of art scholars chosen by the U.S. government to bring back classic pieces of art stolen by Nazis during WWII.