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More updates are coming down the pipe from the American Film Market in Santa Monica, with our friends at Collider uncovering a first look at George Clooney in Control director Anton Corbijn’s The American.

In the film, Clooney will play “an artful assassin with a lengthy track record, constantly on the move and always watching his back.  When an assignment goes wrong and a lover ends up dead, he vows that the next job will be his last.  This final obligation takes him to a picturesque town nestled amongst lush Italian hills, its historical piazzas bursting with life.  But to Jack, every location is a trap and every person a potential threat.  Still, he surprises himself, enjoying confessional conversations over Armagnac with an insightful priest and slipping into an affair with a local beauty.  But by letting his guard down, Jack may be tempting fate.  A dangerous shadow-dweller shows every sign of closing in, and the mysterious woman who has hired him may not be all that she seems.  As an increasingly wary Jack contemplates life, love and death in Italy, the film escalates into a climactic showdown through the cobbled maze of age-old alleyways.  This sexy, suspenseful and intricate story blends intrigue and passionate romance within a searing morality tale to finally reveal the heart of this deeply private man.”

Sounds like a cool role for Mr. Clooney, who seems to be filling his schedule with political(ish) comedies (The Men Who Stare at Goats and Burn After Reading) and political(ish) dramas (Up in the Air, Michael Clayton, Good Night and Good Luck), so its nice to see him getting back into the realm of the thriller. Something akin to an older version of Bourne meets Syriana. That is something I can get behind.

The American will be in theaters sometime in 2010.


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