George Clooney is in talks to take the lead role in Brad Bird’s next live-action feature, 1952. It’s up in the air (pun intended) if the film has been given the green light by Disney (or if Clooney even signs), but his indicates two things:
1. That Damon Lindelof’s and Jeff Jensen’s script must be good
2. If Clooney signs, then the film will get the green light
According to Variety:
“[The] studio is keeping the plot under wraps, though the project is said to be a “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”-esque story following a man who makes contact with aliens on Earth. Lindelof also will produce.”
Sounds like it might work – well, as long as Lidelof tones down his Prometheus pretentions.
Many thought that 1952 may be Disney’s codename for the next Star Wars film, but it’s now clear that this is a different beast entirely. If 1952 goes into production then it will be after George Clooney completes The Monuments Men, a WWII thriller which follows a group of art experts as they attempt to track down art stolen by the Nazis.
The film sees Clooney joined by Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett.
More on 1952 and The Monuments Men as it comes in.