Clooney Wants to Direct Damon in 'Hamdan v Rumsfeld'
Just when George Clooney was having a good year in front of the screen, he wants to return back behind the camera to direct once again. He last directed Leatherheads, which didn't do too well at the box office, and according to a Bang Showbiz story, now wants to return to direct Hamdan v Rumsfeld. You probably haven't heard of Hamdan v Rumsfeld and that's because it was previously called The Challenge. Or rather, the book that Aaron Sorkin adapted is called The Challenge, but it's mainly about the Hamdan v Rumsfeld trial. "It's about the so called 'War On Terror', but set in a courtroom," Clooney explained to Bang Showbiz.
The book is a non-fiction story about the lengthy campaign waged by US Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Salim Hamdan, the bodyguard and driver of Osama bin Laden. The film will follow the plight of the "chauffer," who was captured in Afghanistan and shipped to Guantanamo Bay. Matt Damon would supposedly play his lawyer, who eventually managed to take his case as far as the Supreme Court. Apparently Clooney gave the part to Damon because he recently "complained" publicly at TIFF that Clooney gets all the best roles. What an intriguing reason to cast him.
This news is all a bit sketchy, considering none of the trades (Variety or THR) have reported it yet. It's not that I don't think it could be true, but rather, Clooney is hard to pin down, and who knows what he'll direct (or star in) next. We do know that Aaron Sorkin (of Charlie Wilson's War) was hired to write the script. But beyond that, well, we'll wait for confirmation that both Clooney and Damon have signed contracts and are ready to go. Especially considering that Soderbergh just confirmed that Damon would be starring in Liberace next summer and Clint Eastwood just cast him in his upcoming supernatural thriller Hereafter.