Dujardin Up For The Monuments Men

George Clooney also eyeing Paul Giamatti

Jean Dujardin and George Clooney

Not content with following up his Oscar win by scoring a role in Martin Scorsese’s latest film, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin is now being seriously considered to co-star in George Clooney’s new project, The Monuments Men alongside Cate Blanchett and Paul Giamatti.

Clooney announced back in January that he was looking to make his adaptation of Robert M. Edsel’s book as his next scripting / directing gig and that he had co-written it with regular producing partner Grant Heslov.

Edsel’s book, subtitled 'Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History' would follow George Stout (Clooney) a US Army officer and art conservationist who helped repatriate tens of thousands of art from the Nazis.

There’s no word yet on who Dujardin is being considered to play, but Giamatti is wanted as New York City ballet co-founder Lincoln Kirstein and Blanchett would be Rose Valland, a member of the French resistance with a helpful side-line in art history.

Right now, the casting is at an early stage, so it remains to be seen if the choices stick. But given the compelling true story and the man behind the camera, we have a feeling the actors will make room in their schedules for a shoot aimed at next spring across Europe and the UK.

Dujardin, as mentioned above, will next be seen in The Wolf Of Wall Street, out next year.