Just yesterday we reported that Sony has decided to team with Fox as half-partners in George Clooney’s Monuments Men, and at the same time it was revealed that Cate Blanchett & Bill Murray were also up for the movie.
Now news comes via Deadline that Clooney really is lining up a stunning cast, as Daniel Craig, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban are also all attached to the movie, along with Jean Dujardin, who entered negotiations to star in the film a few weeks ago, and Clooney himself. Sadly we don’t know who all these people will play, but it’s certainly an impressive roster.
The movie will be based on the nonfiction book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, which tells the story of the US government’s efforts to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis and the art experts whose skills were put to use in the campaign. The title comes from the name given to the American and British art historians and museum curators who helped the military track down the stolen pieces.
It’s a setup that certainly gives plenty of room for star turns from the great cast. The Monuments Men is set to begin filming in Europe this spring.