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George Clooney Gets Two Projects Out of Cannes

Published May 18, 2009 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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George Clooney is scoring big at Cannes Film Festival. No, he isn't getting standing ovations after particular screenings, but he did land one gig while seeing another project get picked up.

George Clooney for A Very Private Gentleman and Men Who Stare at Goats

Focus Features has cast George Clooney to star in A Very Private Gentleman. Based off the Martin Booth novel, the film will have Clooney play an assassin who hides out in an idyllic Italian town before carrying out a final assignment. He resists his usual aversion to human interaction, and his friendships and romantic entanglements complicate his mission.

A Very Private Gentleman will be directed by Anton Corbijn off a script by Rowan Joffe.

Clooney was also part of the first major pickup of the film festival, with Overture purchasing the domestic rights to Men Who Stare at Goats.

While the film's title might suggest something different, Men Who Stare at Goats is a war comedy that features Ewan McGregor as a journalist who stumbles upon an ex-member (George Clooney) of a secret U.S. Army unit that used paranormal tactics. The picture also stars Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Goats is also based off of a book, but a nonfiction one by Jon Ronson. Heslov directed the adaptation.

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