Matt Damon is in negotiations to join George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men,” a person familiar with the situation told TheWrap.
As previously announced, the cast includes Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. Clooney is directing and starring in the film.
Written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, the story is set during World War II and follows a group of art historians and museum curators who come together to track down artworks stolen by the Nazis.
“The Monuments Men” is based on the book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” by Robert M Edsel.
The book, which focuses on the 11-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, tells the story of American and British museum directors, curators and art historians who risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of art confiscated by the Nazis.
Heslov is producing the feature, which will be filmed in Europe. Alexandre Desplat is writing the score.
Damon can soon be seen in Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land. Damon is repped by WME.