George Clooney to direct Suburbicon, written by the Coen Brothers
George Clooney’s hunted down his next directorial gig. The Oscar-winning actor will helm Suburbicon, from a Coen Brothers script, according to a source familiar with the project.
Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Josh Brolin—all of whom have worked with the Coen Brothers—are in talks to lead the film, which is a crime noir story set in the ’50s.
This will be Clooney’s first film behind the lens since Monuments Men in 2014. He will produce with Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov and Joel Silver of Silver Pictures. Sony will distribute the project worldwide. Production, which will feature frequent Paul Thomas Anderson cinematographer Robert Elswit, is slated to begin in October 2016.
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Damon and Brolin have recent acclaimed features in The Martian and Sicario, respectively. Clooney and Brolin will star in the next Coen Brothers movie Hail, Caesar!, out Feb. 5, 2016. Meanwhile, Moore is still riding high from her moving Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice and appears in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.
Sony declined EW’s request for comment.
Deadline first reported the news.