It looks like James Bond is out and Jason Bourne is in!
The George Clooney helmed Monuments Men looks to have replaced one of its stars as of today. According to co-star Bob Balaban, Daniel Craig has left the project, and it looks like Matt Damon will be taking his place. All that has been officially confirmed, however, is that Matt Damon has signed on. Whether or not he will be taking Daniel Craig’s place has yet to be determined.
Monuments Men will also star Jean DuJardin (The Artist), Cate Blanchett (The Aviator), John Goodman (Argo), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson) and, of course, George Clooney himself.
The film will focus on the story of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program. This was an Allied group during World War I tasked with saving pieces of art from Nazi destruction. It focuses on a group of art historians, presumably played by the film’s big-name stars. It’s been in the works for a while, and in December of 2011, director/star/producer George Clooney said this of the production: "It’s a fun move because it could be big entertainment. It’s a big budget, you can’t do it small — it’s landing in Normandy.”
Monuments Men is scheduled for wide release on December 18, 2013.