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Matt Damon to join George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men’

By Daniel S Levine,

Matt Damon is the latest star to join the cast of George Clooney’s next directorial effort, The Monuments Men, a film about the art historians who saved art stolen by Hitler and the Nazis in World War II.

Deadline first reported the news late Tuesday, confirming that Clooney’s Oceans 11 co-star was in negotiations to join the film.

Later, E! News caught up with Damon at the Promised Land premiere in New York and asked him if he was joining the film.

“Yes, I will be in that movie!” he told E!.

Last month, it was confirmed that Monuments Men will feature Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. Clooney will also star in the film.

The Monuments Men is based on Robert M. Edsel’s book of the same name and was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, who will co-produce. The film is being co-financed by Sony and 20th Century Fox and is expected to cost $50 million to produce.

Damon’s next film is Promised Land, which was directed by Gus Van Sant. The actor co-wrote and co-stars with The Office’s John Krasinski. Focus Features is releasing just in time to qualify for the Oscars and has a wide release set for Jan. 4.

 

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