The first trailer for George Clooney’s upcoming period drama The Monuments Men has been released. Based on Robert M. Edsel’s book of the same name, the film centers on a crew of art historians and museum curators who unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville also star. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely 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. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.