George Clooney as Frank Sinatra in a 'Maf the Dog' Adaptation?

August 16, 2010
Source: Edinburgh Book Festival

George Clooney / Angelina Jolie

Here's an interesting rumor to mull over. Found in a report on the recent Edinburgh Book Festival (via The Playlist) was mention of announcement that author Andrew O'Hagan made about an adaptation of his book The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe. O'Hagan said that an adaptation will go into production shortly and will star George Clooney as Frank Sinatra and Angelina Jolie as Marilyn Monroe, but "it is not yet known who will be playing Maf the dog" (a joke). That is some huge news that no one has heard before and will make Jolie the third to be cast as Monroe in the last year.

O'Hagan's book follows the story of a Maltese terrier named Maf who became Monroe's pet after being given to her by Sinatra in late 1960 as a cheer-up present after her break up with Arthur Miller. "Maf the dog was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life. Not only a picaresque hero himself, he was also a scholar of the adventuring rogue in literature and art, witnessing the rise of America's new liberalism, civil rights, the space race, the New York critics, and was Marilyn Monroe's constant companion." Sounds like Marley & Me meets Marilyn Monroe, or something like that. You can watch a funky trailer for the book on YouTube, too.

Obviously we're not sure if this is just O'Hagan spouting out dream casting or if this really means we'll see Clooney and Jolie playing Sinatra and Monroe, but he's definitely got my interest. I'll admit as a younger individual, I'm not as excited to see Frank Sinatra or Marilyn Monroe up on the big screen as some, but if this adaptation does begin to shoot with these two, I'll be a bit more interested than I was before. Plus, it sounds like a fun story, and I'm already curious to see how they're approaching this adaptation - with a bit of fun and humor like Marley & Me or more dramatic and serious? I guess we will find out soon enough!

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Commence nerd-boner for Angelina as Marylyn Monroe. As if Naomi Watts wasn't enough.

ryan_34 on Aug 16, 2010


Angelina Jolie would have to tripke her weight to go from the skeleton she is now to the healthy woman MM was.

Shige on Aug 16, 2010


#1 - yea, maybe nerds with no life - but i can't believe anyone else would be excited about it. naomi watts = fail..........angelina jolie = epic fail. why do they keep miscasting these actresses to play this part? i'd rather they go find an unknown who at least has the look to play MM.

beavis on Aug 16, 2010


Beavis! What's wrong with you? Jolie as Monroe? Hell yes! Clooney as Sinatra? Big mistake.

Jon A. on Aug 16, 2010


Angelina was interviewed outside the cinema by radio and TV presenter Edith Bowman who asked her about her upcoming project about Marilyn Monroe. The actress is set to play Monroe in an adaptation of Andrew O'Hagan's The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog, And Of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, the author revealed at the Edinburgh Book Festival yesterday. And George Clooney has been lined up to play Monroe's close friend Frank Sinatra, O'Hagan confirmed, adding that production on the film would begin soon. ********When asked about the film, she said she didn't know anything about it and 'would have to ask George Clooney' about it. ********* Source: arkles-sequins-meets-greets-fans-London-premiere-new-film-Salt.html#ix zz0wnZj4exX

Anonymous on Aug 16, 2010


beavis - considering you used the phrase 'epic fail', I'll refrain from even trying to argue with you.

ryan_34 on Aug 16, 2010


#4 and 6 - look at a (head to toe) picture of of MM and place it beside AJ picture..........if you 2 don't see the're blind. sorry for being blunt, but jolies skeletal features could NEVER pull off monroe. and #6 - as long as it's not insulting - feel free to illustrate why AJ is the one for the part......... my feeling why she isn't is as stated above. after all, she's (MM) NOT a complicated character and if you asked anyone on the street about her - they'd talk about how she looked, and not much else. jolies acting skills aren't in question here - she just doesn't look ANYTHING like MM.

beavis on Aug 16, 2010


Jolie as Marilyn Monroe I dont think so. She can't act to save her life.

YoungDoctor on Dec 8, 2010

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