George Clooney has quite the busy year ahead of him. He stars in Up in the Air" and "Men Who Stare At Goats," two TIFF darlings which both hit theaters in a matter of weeks. Then there's the upcoming Wes Anderson stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- another Toronto fave -- which the actor lends his voice to. Clooney also produced the just-released, Steven Soderbergh-directed "The Informant!," starring Matt Damon.
The star's 2010 is also shaping up, with a lead and a producer's credit for the action/thriller adaptation of Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman." We can add one more to the list now. News emerged over the weekend Clooney is getting back together with his old "Ocean's co-star Damon, and they're bringing Emmy-winning "West Wing" writer Aaron Sorkin along for the ride.
Damon told FemaleFirst on the red carpet at the NYC premiere of "The Informant!" that he'll soon star in "Hamdan v Rumsfeld," with Clooney in the director's chair and a script from Sorkin. The story is a political drama involving the former chauffeur of Osama bin Laden.
"It's about the so-called War on Terror, but set in a courtroom," Damon said. Salim Hamdam was captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and detained in the now-notorious Guantanamo Bay detention center. In the film, Damon will play the chauffeur's lawyer. The case was resolved in 2006, concluding with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling (spoilers, I guess) in Hamdan's favor.
I like this trio an awful lot. Clooney makes a peculiar sort of magic with Damon on screen, and I'll be curious to see how he harnesses the actor's talents as director. Sorkin's work speaks for itself, and Damon's nuanced delivery ought to do those words justice. The big question now -- other than additional casting, of course -- is if we'll see this in 2010 or not.
Clooney, Damon and Sorkin: what do you think of this grouping? Do you think "Hamdan v Rumsfeld" is a good story for them to come together on?