29/10/2012 17:01 GMT | Updated 29/10/2012 17:06 GMT

Daniel Craig And Hugh Bonneville Sign Up To Appear In New George Clooney Film

James Bond star Daniel Craig and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville have been signed up by George Clooney to appear in his new Second World War film.

Clooney will direct and co-produce The Monuments Men, as well as star in it alongside the British stars and a number of major Hollywood names.

The period drama will also star The Artist's Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban, according to movie website Deadline.


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The film, which Clooney has co-written with partner Grant Heslov, charts the final chapter of Germany's rule in Europe, and the destruction of the country's culture as Hitler and the Nazis tried to cover up the truth about their murderous regime.

The plot will follow a crew of art historians and museum curators who unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.

The film is due to do into production on March 1, the website said.