Daniel Craig, John Goodman & More Join Clooney's 'Monuments Men'
by Ethan Anderton
October 29, 2012
Just last week, Bill Murray was the latest to join the cast of Monuments Men, a new historical heist film from George Clooney, wearing his writing and directing hat in addition to starring in the film. Cate Blanchett was also confirmed to star in the story of a hand-picked group of art experts chosen by the United States government to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis. Now Deadline also confirms that The Artist Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has landed a role and Daniel Craig, John Goodman, Bob Balaban (A Mighty Wind, Moonrise Kingdom) and Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey) have rounded out the cast. Wow!
Clooney is co-writing the film with his producing partner Grant Heslov and chronicles one of the final moments in the reign of the Nazi party rule in Germany. The party is trying to cover the tracks of their violent history as Clooney takes on the role of George Stout, a U.S. Army officer and leading art conservationist, trying to repatriate tens of thousands of pieces of art from the Nazis. This sounds like one of those unique stories out of history, not unlike Argo, which Goodman also starred in and Clooney and Heslov produced. This also marks a return to WWII for Craig who starred in Defiance not too long ago. This cast is reason enough to see the film, but with Clooney behind the camera too, you can likely guarantee Oscar love.