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Sunday 20 April 2014

Clooney to star in stolen art drama

George Clooney has plans for a major movie about the men who chased down artwork stolen by the Nazis

George Clooney looks set to star in a movie about the US government's efforts to chase down artwork stolen by the Nazis.

The actor - who is generating Oscar buzz for his turn in The Descendants - will also co-write and direct The Monuments Men, TheWrap.com reports.

Speaking at the Palm Springs Film Festival, Clooney said: "I'm excited about it. It's a fun movie because it could be big entertainment."

The 50-year-old also revealed it will be a "big budget" project.

"You can't do it small - it's landing in Normandy," he said.

The movie will be based on Robert M Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History, which follows a group of art experts - the Monuments Men - who are chosen to seek out artwork pilfered during World War II.

Clooney has enjoyed success with his previous directorial efforts. His 2005 film Good Night, And Good Luck was nominated for a raft of awards and he is up for a Golden Globe for his latest movie, political drama thriller The Ides Of March.

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