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George Clooney Is ‘The American’
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George Clooney Is ‘The American’

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Focus Features has announced that George Clooney will star in The American for director Anton Corbijn (Control). Production will begin this week in Italy. Rowan Joffe wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from Martin Booth’s novel A Very Private Gentleman. Focus CEO James Schamus had the following to say on the film…

“The combination of a visionary artist of the stature of Anton Corbijn with the great George Clooney is, for all of us at Focus, a movie marriage made in heaven.”

Here is a synopsis of the film: Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman of this fall’s Peter and Vandy) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten of Focus’ award-winning In Bruges), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Italian screen and stage veteran Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Italian leading lady Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

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