George Clooney Considers Bird’s “1952″

By Kirsten Anderson Casting

George Clooney may have a close encounter with Brad Bird's alien.

George Clooney seems to be working on the sci-fi side of his resume–for years he only had “Solaris” to represent the genre, but he’s got “Gravity” with Sandra Bullock coming out next year, and now we have word from Variety that he’s in talks to join Brad Bird’s alien movie “1952.” Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen wrote the script. It’s all coming from Disney.

They’re describing it as a “‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’-esque story following a man who makes contact with aliens on Earth.” Is it me or does that sound like there’s a lot of comedy potential there?

This would be Bird’s follow-up to his live action debut “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” The movie’s not actually greenlit yet, though, and considering Disney’s anxiety about budgets, it might all depend on how much–or how little–Bird can get it to cost.

Clooney is also booked to direct and star in “The Monuments Man,” with a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville.

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