By J. J. Duncan
From left: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, and Bill Murray. (Getty Images)
George Clooney has assembled a killer cast for his long-gestating movie on the scholars and academics who helped protect Europe's art during and after World War II. Ben Affleck must be so jealous! Speaking of Ben, Argo
won the top spot in a very underwhelming weekend box office battle. One can only hope Cloud Atlas
wasn't as expensive as it looks. And find out why Skyfall
producers have reason to be optimistic about the movie's U.S. opening below!
Clooney vs. Hitler for Art
If anyone was doubting just how much clout George Clooney
has in the Hollywood community, let the cast of his next directing project be a testament to his status. Daniel Craig
, Cate Blanchett
, The Artist
's Jean Dujardin
, Paul Giamatti
, Bill Murray
, and Clooney himself will all appear in The Monuments Men
, a WWII drama in which Clooney will attempt to give the little-known Roberts Commission
its due. The movie is being billed as a race against the clock in which a team of Monuments Men works to steal back art from the Nazis before it's destroyed.
In real life, members of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program identified culturally significant locations for pilots and soldiers to help keep them from being looted or destroyed. Hitler's regime was also known to loot valuable art, and would publicly destroy what it deemed to be "degenerate art" by "modern" artists such as Marc Chagall. Clooney's movie will likely take place near the end of the war, when Nazis began destroying much of what they looted as a sort of cultural scorched earth policy.
A real life story about WWII heroes who put their lives on the line for the sake of art? If Clooney doesn't get at least three Oscar nods out of this one, we'll count it as a fail.