Matt Damon Circling MONUMENTS MEN

George Clooney already has a slate of big names for his movie about the rescue of art treasures from the hands of  the Nazis, The Monument’s Men. Now Deadline reports that Matt Damon is also in talks to join a cast that would overwhelm the largest marquee. It includes Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman.

The film is based on a book by Robert M. Edsel who, after selling his oil and gas exploration company, began researching the efforts of the group called “The Monuments Men,” (which, despite its name,  included at least one woman, Rose Valland, a French Resistance fighter, to be played by Blanchett).

Clooney will direct as well as star. Filming is set to begin in January in Europe.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Robert M. Edsel
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 513 pages
Publisher: Hachette/Center Street – (2009-09-03)
ISBN 9781599951492

There are several other books on the subject (see our earlier story). Edsel is also publishing new book, Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nations Treasures from the Nazis, this coming May.

Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis
Robert M. Edsel
Retail Price: $28.95
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company – (2013-05-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0393082415 / 9780393082418

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