George Clooney is currently flying around the world, promoting his latest (and possibly best) performance in Jason Reitman’s drama Up in the Air and his hilarious performance in The Men Who Stare at Goats – and not to mention his voice work in Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, all of which hit theaters in the two months — but that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking for new work. And as these things always go, Clooney is finding work easily as the Oscar buzz builds.

According to Variety, Clooney has signed on to the Fox Searchlight produced family drama The Descendants, based on the debut novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The story follows a wealthy landowner who takes his two daughters on a search for his wife’s lover in hopes of keeping his family together. The film, which will be directed by Sideways helmer Alexander Payne, will begin shooting in Hawaii in February.

Hmm… Hawaii in the spring. I guess it isn’t always just a good script that makes a project attractive, is it, Mr. Clooney?

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