Director George Clooney and writer Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Ides of March) have teamed up again for a new WWII film The Monuments Men. In a sort of Dirty Dozen meets Ocean’s Eleven storyline, The Monuments Men follows a group of respected historians and museum curators enlisted by the United States Army to help recover priceless works of art stolen by the Nazis. Led by George Clooney, the movie also stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin.
Clooney recently told W Magazine what he and Heslov hoped to achieve with The Monuments Men. “We wanted to do a movie where the good guys win and you’re fighting the ultimate bad guy — Hitler. This was a story that nobody had heard about…In The Monuments Men, we question whether saving art is worth a life, and I would argue that the culture of a people represents life. With the end of a country’s culture goes its identity. It’s a terrible loss, down to your bones.”
The Monuments Men is out Feb. 7, 2014.