- Published on Thursday, November 15 2012
- Written by Sarah Osman
Oscar winner George Clooney, who is known for his charm, stellar acting, and not-so-Disney-like demeanor (remember his speech at the Golden Globes last year? The one about Michael Fassbender?), is currently in talks to jump on board with the Mouse. He’s currently in negotiations to star in Disney’s super-secret-yet-a-lot-like-Close Encounters of the Third Kind sci-fi epic, written by "Lost" scribe Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille). The project was originally called 1952, then changed to Tesla, then back to 1952, and now no one is entirely sure what it is called, which is apparently on purpose. It is about a man searching for extra-terrestrials on Earth, although, like the title, there has been very little revealed about the plot at this point. If Clooney does star, this would indeed be a first for him -- Clooney has not been in anything remotely Disney-like throughout his entire career. (At least to my knowledge. If you think he has, please let me know in the comments!)
(Editor's note: He did appear in a couple Spy Kids movies, and he also lent his voice to Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I think that would be stretching it. - Katie M.)
In the meantime, the untitled space movie is the first of many live-action epics in the works for Disney. The studio is also currently eyeing a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to be directed by David Fincher (I am completely on board for that one), and a live-action Cinderella. And, of course, Disney currently has their hands full with Star Wars: Episode VII, after their recent purchase of Lucasfilm. It shall be interesting to see what Disney has in store for the next few years; could this be yet another renaissance for Disney? For Clooney as well?
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff
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