George Clooney Sets Sights on Jean Dujardin for 'Monument's Men'
Earlier this year, Jean Dujardin became the first French actor to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his impressive turn in The Artist. We'll see him in Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street next year, but he might team with another awards caliber actor next. The Wrap reports Dujardin is being eyed for a supporting role in The Monument's Men, an adaptation of Robert M. Edsel's book of the same name the true story of a hand-picked group of art experts chosen by the United States government to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis. George Clooney will be directing and also starring in the intriguing caper. More below!
As we learned in January, Clooney is also scripting the film with Good Night and Good Luck co-writer and producing partner Grant Heslov. Meanwhile, on the screen he will be playing George Stout, a U.S. Army officer and leading art conservationist, who repatriated tens of thousands of pieces of art from the Nazis. It's not clear what role Dujardin would take, but he's not the only potential new member of the cast. Paul Giamatti is also up for the role of Lincoln Kirstein, who co-founded the New York City ballet with George Balanchine, and Cate Blanchett might play Rose Valland, an art historian and member of the French resistance. No deals are in place yet, but it's clear Clooney is going for some high caliber talent yet again.