Matt Damon set to join George Clooney’s Monument movie


Matt Damon has entered talks to join George Clooney’s next directorial outing, The Monuments Men, according to Deadline.

The period film, which Clooney is co-writing and directing, centres on a real-life group of men and women who risked their lives to track down art stolen by Adolf Hitler during the second world war and prevent its destruction.

If he signs up, Damon will join Clooney himself, Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban in the cast.

The film is based on the final days of Nazi Germany. As Hitler and his allies attempt to cover their tracks by destroying the many artworks they looted from across the continent, a group of art historians and museum curators attempt to preserve the treasures. 

George ClooneyClooney and partner Grant Heslov have adapted the screenplay from Robert M Edsel’s book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

The film shares much of the same crew as Ben Affleck’s Argo, which Clooney produced.

Damon will next be seen in sci-fi action drama Elysium and Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem.

The Monuments Men will begin shooting on March 1, 2013, in Europe.