By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 8, 2013 at 11:58AM
The first trailer for George Clooney's latest directorial effort, "Monuments Men," has landed. The film, which centers on a small World War II platoon tasked with protecting and retrieving invaluable art stolen by the Nazis, stars a stellar cast of Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Clooney himself. Watch below, plus new images from the film.
It hits theaters on the Oscar-friendly date of December 18, via 20th Century Fox.
Clooney was last in the director's seat for 2011's "The Ides of March," which nabbed an Adapted Screenplay nomination for Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. Clooney also received a Best Picture Oscar for producing last year's "Argo," shared with Heslov and Ben Affleck, as well as a Supporting Actor Oscar for 2005's "Syriana."