Monday, September 28, 2009

George Clooney to Star in The American, a Thriller based on A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth

A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth

Last May we reported that Martin Booth's 1991 thriller A Very Private Gentleman was to be filmed. Today, is reporting that, according to a Focus Features press release, filming begins this week in Italy with George Clooney in the starring role, and with the movie now being titled of The American. Anton Corbijn will direct.

Official synopsis: Alone among assassins, Jack (George Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

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