Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Clooney Back in the Director's Chair

George Clooney looks to be heading back to directing with a new courtroom drama, scripted by Aaron Sorkin and starring Matt Damon. The film, entitled Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, will chronicle the real-life court case of Salim Hamdam, a former chauffeur of Osama bin Laden. Damon will play the man's lawyer.

Clooney is no stranger to political material (or Aaron Sorkin for that matter). His 2005 film Good Night and Good Luck drew rave reviews; commenting on both the 1950's and recent times. I enjoyed that film quite a bit and hope that this project can get at some current issues without becoming overly preachy. I also like that Clooney varies his projects quite a bit, mixing commercial and arthouse films. He seems to be on quite a roll at the moment with Up in the Air, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and Fantastic Mr. Fox all lined up for release this year. With all of the talent involved with this new project (so far), here's hoping that they score a hit. I'm certainly looking forward to it.

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