When the endless stream of awards-show talk begins its yearly smothering of the movie industry, expect the words The Monuments Men to come up. The film’s got all the necessary pieces: It’s based both on real-life events and on a book (Robert M. Edsel‘s “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”) and will have George Clooney wearing both his director and lead actor hats. Presumably, if the film’s actually a good one, it’ll be racking up all kinds of neat little statuettes.
And thanks to Entertainment Weekly (via Facebook), you can see the first still from The Monuments Men above. You can also read more about the film below.
The film tells the true story of WWII’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program, an unlikely crew whose mission was to stop the Nazis from stealing and destroying priceless works of art. And with a look at this first photo, all that is abundantly clear. Lots of WWII army uniforms, lots of priceless works of art, plus lots of talented actors (Clooney, Matt Damon, Bob Balaban and John Goodman; not pictured are Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin). I’m assuming what everyone’s fretting over is a plan to steal said art back from the Nazis. Be on the lookout for more from The Monuments Men soon.
Entertainment Weekly decided to lump two other unrelated photos along with The Monuments Men, so take a gander at those as well- Legolas chatting up new addition Tauriel in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smog and Amy Adams rocking a very revealing ensemble in American Hustle.