George could be the hardest working man in showbiz these days. He is currently fulfilling his People's Sexiest Man Alive duties as well as promoting his latest project The Good German. Now he has signed with Warner Bros. to appear in two thrillers. The only slight problem is the studio isn't sure when filming will begin or which thriller will be filmed first because Clooney's schedule is so packed. E! Online reports:
The first picture, White Jazz, is a film noir based on James Ellroy's acclaimed crime novel—the final volume in the author's "L.A. Quartet" of books (L.A. Confidential, The Big Nowhere and The Black Dahlia) focusing on murder and police corruption in 1940s and 1950s Los Angeles. In White Jazz, Clooney will essay the role of David Klein, a dirty police lieutenant beholden to the mob who gets set up to be the fall guy when feds launch a corruption probe into the police force.
The movie has been mired in development for a good five years now. According to Variety, before the Good Night, and Good Luck star got involved, Nick Nolte and John Cusack were previously attached to headline the project with Robert Richardson at the helm, but nothing ever came to fruition.
The second high-profile new project will see the Oscar winner direct and star in Belmont Boys, a heist drama written by Ocean's Thirteen scribes David Levien and Brian Koppelman that follows seven crooks who reunite at a racetrack to finish a job they started three decades earlier.
We're really looking forward to checking out The Good German in theaters December 15th, and after that hopefully getting to see those thrillers sooner rather than later! Until then, more pics of George arriving for a visit on The Daily Show