The first trailer for writer-director-star George Clooney’s period dramatic thriller The Monuments Men is now online. Based on a true story, Clooney’s character, George Stout, is the mastermind who recruits a team of eight (including John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, and Bob Balaban) to make up a platoon and rescue important art pieces during the war, thus saving culture itself.
The action-thriller is written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Clooney and Heslov also produce the film through their Smokehouse Productions.
Here’s the synopsis for the movie:
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
The Monuments Men comes to theaters December 20th, 2013.
Check out the trailer below