By Michael Arbeiter, Hollywood Staff
It's been just under a year since we saw the greatest assembly of superheroic individuals hit theaters in the form of The avengers. But now the achievement looks to be topped by none other than George Clooney and his upcoming film The Monuments Men. Sure, maybe the actor/director's period drama about a team of art historians banding together to reclaim invaluable relics from the clutches of the Nazi Party isn't stocked with any instances of human flight, super strength, or even particularly impressive archery skills, but the stardom emanating from this first cast photo is far and beyond that of mortal capabilities.
In the image, we see master of the clan Clooney reteaming with old friends Matt Damon (recalling their partnership in the Ocean's series), John Goodman (who once smacked Clooney right in the head in O Brother Where Art Thou), Bill Murray (they matched wits as furry friends in Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox), and producer Grant Heslov. Saddled between Damon and Goodman is a fifth cast member, obscuring his face as any clandestine mission man is wont to do - it looks a good deal like the film's Captain Harpen, Diarmaid Murtagh, but that could just be a clever disguise.
Check out the image, and gear up for what might be the greatest assembly of mighty men Hollywood has ever seen.
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