Matt Damon to star in George Clooney film 'The Monuments Men'?
Matt Damon may join George Clooney's new Nazi-themed movie "The Monuments Men," a report says.
The cast of the film also includes the likes of "Skyfall" star Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville of the mini-series "Downton Abbey," Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin and John Goodman, his co-star in the 2011 Oscar-winning film "The Artist." Damon is currently in negotiations to join them, according to Deadline. The cast member's roles have not yet been announced.
The story depicts the dangerous attempts of museum curators, historians and archivists to try and find pieces of art stolen all over Europe by Nazis and their supporters by order of German dictator Adolf Hitler before and during World War II, which ended in 1945. Hitler was himself a painter and considered certain cultural works to be "degenerate" art that should be destroyed.
Clooney is the director and co-screenwriter of the movie and also stars in it himself. The film is set for release in 2014 and is based on the 2010 book "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" by Robert M. Edsel. The other screenwriter is Grant Heslov, who worked with Clooney on the 2011 film "The Ides of March."
Clooney and Damon starred together in "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." They also both appeared in the 2005 film "Syriana," the 2002 movie "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," which Clooney directed, and Damon starred in the 2009 film "The Informant!," in which Clooney served as an executive producer.
(Pictured: Matt Damon, center, George Clooney, second from right, are interviewed as they arrive at the 82nd Academy Awards on March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Elisabetta Canalis, second from left, then-girlfriend of Clooney, talks with Luciana Bozan Barroso, wife of Damon. Credit: AP Photo / Amy Sancetta)