January 9th, 2012
12:38 PM ET
George Clooney turned in two lauded performances last year with "The Ides of March" and "The Descendants," but he shows no signs of slowing down.
The actor announced at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday that he has another movie in the works called "The Monuments Men" that will have him pulling double duty as the co-star and the director, the L.A. Times reports.
"The Monuments Men" is adapted from the Robert Edsel's 2009 book of the same name, and focuses on the art historians who became heroes during World War II as they tracked down prized artwork taken by Hitler.
"Hitler was an art fanatic, and he stashed masterpieces everywhere," Clooney said Saturday. "He hid 27 Rembrandts in a coffin."
What attracted the actor/director to the project was the story's mix of intrigue and romance.
"It's an amazing story, and [co-producer] Grant [Heslov] and I are already thinking about how great the casting can be," Clooney said Saturday. "And there's also a great love story."
Clooney didn't mention what part he would play, but he did say that "The Monuments Men" is now his top priority.
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