First Set Photos From The Monuments Men

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George Clooney has always been regarded as an enjoyable actor to watch, but it wasn’t until 2011’s The Ides Of March that people realized he was more than just an actor who wanted to try his hand at directing, he’s a phenomenal writer and director who has the ability to deliver an excellent film. So naturally, the hype surrounding his next project, The Monuments Menis pretty high.

It also helps when you bring in one of the greatest ensemble casts since Ocean’s Eleven. With Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban all on board, it seems like Clooney’s upcoming film is destined for greatness.

Filming is underway in England, and some photographers were able to snap some shots of the cast in full World War II regalia. We’ve got Damon and Clooney in officer’s uniforms behind lower ranking men, Goodman looking rather uncomfortable in his uniform, and Murray and the others marching through a body of water. These photos aren’t incredibly revealing, but it’s still nice to get a solid look at production now that it’s underway.

For those who aren’t familiar, the story involves a group of art historians and museum curators who unite to recover important works of art stole by Nazis. Clooney stars as George Stout, former director of the Gardner Museum while Damon plays James Rorimer, famed art historian and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The film will be based on real events, though the story has been mostly overlooked in history, and was scripted by Clooney and his writing partner Grant Heslov. It’s based on the book by Robert M. Edsel The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

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