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Daniel Craig Won't Be Part Of George Clooney's 'Monuments Men'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 6, 2013 9:00 AM
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Well, it's hard to argue with a cast that includes George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. Indeed, that's the impressive lineup Clooney has put together for his next directorial effort "Monuments Men" (which yes, he's also starring in) but if it feels like there's a name missing, well, there is.

First announced as part of the cast way back in October, Daniel Craig is no longer part of the film. In the formal announcement of the film's production start his name was absent, with Bob Balaban confirming on Twitter: "DC isn't in MM Matt Damon is." It's not quite clear if Damon took Craig's role, but it's probably not an uneducated leap to take, and one for the other is hardly a bad deal at all. As for the exact roles folks are taking, that's being kept under wraps for now, but the true story of a World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners, should have more than one meaty part.

Shooting is now underway in Germany, with lensing to also take place in the U.K., with filming expected to continue unti June. Alexandre Desplat is scoring the movie and it will open on December 18th.

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11 Comments

  • Susan | March 7, 2013 2:52 PMReply

    Heard that he will be doing a play on Broadway with his wife Rachel Weisz this year. I'm sure he'd rather be home with Rachel, but it would have been great for his career also to be in this film. There will be others....

  • droop | March 7, 2013 7:00 AMReply

    maybe its because i love finchers dragon tattoo, but i like daniel craig and was looing forward to seeing him in this. darn

  • Real | March 6, 2013 2:20 PMReply

    If not for Bond, Craig's career would be in the toilet like Clive Owen's.

  • The bars | March 6, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    I don't care what anybody says. That guy looks like a turnip.

  • Trulymadly | March 7, 2013 8:32 AM

    A constipated turnip.

  • sdfjdk | March 6, 2013 3:38 PM

    And no one cares what you say! Perfect!

  • plainview | March 6, 2013 11:02 AMReply

    Drink every time a Playlist writer mentions a filmmaker "keeping it close to the chest/vest" and you'll be dead.

  • a | March 6, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    drink every time KJ writes 'under wraps' in a post. you'll be drunk every day. double if he says details are 'being kept under lock and key'

  • kert | March 6, 2013 10:40 AM

    its funny cuz its true :)

  • Sidsbowl | March 6, 2013 10:20 AMReply

    Bourne is definitely a step up in class from Bond.

  • Alan B | March 6, 2013 9:20 AMReply

    Who cares about James Bond? This film has Bob Balaban, a bigger hunk than Clooney, Damon and Craig put together.

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