Casting Net: Matt Damon keen on joining George Clooney's 'Monuments Men.' Plus: Seth MacFarlane, Jason Clarke, Marcia Gay Harden

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• Together again! Matt Damon is in talks to sign up with The Monuments MenGeorge Clooney‘s next directorial effort, based on the true story of a crew of art historians and museum curators who infiltrate into Nazi Germany during the end of World War II in the hopes of recovering priceless works of art before the Nazis obliterate them. Clooney, who penned the script with writing partner Grant Heslov, will also star in the film, alongside a pack of unknowns like Daniel CraigCate BlanchettBill MurrayJean DujardinJohn GoodmanHugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom). [Deadline]

• Seth McFarlane is aiming to direct and star in A Million Ways to Die in the West, a period comedy Western he penned with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild (Ted). No word on whether it features an anthropomorphized talking cow. [THR]

Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Oscar Isaac (Drive) will star in Mojave, an indie psychological thriller about two men who meet in the desert and decent into a world of crime. William Monahan (London Boulevard, screenwriter for The Departed and Body of Lies) will direct from his screenplay. [Variety]

• Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast of in Elsa & Fred, about two new neighbors (Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine) who form an unlikely romance. Chris NothJames BrolinGeorge SegalWendell Pierce (The Wire), and Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom) costar. Michael Radford (Flawless, The Merchant of Venice) is directing from a script he wrote with writing partner Anna Pavignano (Il Postino), based on the 2005 Spanish-Argentine film of the same name. [Variety]

• Homeland‘s David Harewood is negotiating to play legendary actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (Show BoatOthello) in the indie biopic Robeson. Producer Richard Akel wrote the script with Terry Bisson. No director is yet attached. [Variety]

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