Fantastic Beasts star joins George Clooney's new movie

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Prolific actor George Clooney is making a new film and has tapped Fantastic Beasts star Callum Turner to star in it, Deadline reports.

The movie, titled The Boys In The Boat, is based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Daniel James Brown, The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The novel tells the story of the University of Washington men's rowing team, who surprisingly won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, beating the team who rowed for Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

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Photo credit: John Lamparski - Getty Images

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Clooney will be co-directing with Grant Heslov, and the film will be produced by MGM and Smokehouse Pictures. The screenplay will be written by The Revenant's Mark L. Smith, who has also been working on the new Quentin Tarantino Star Trek film.

Turner's role in the movie has not been confirmed, but with a long list of acting credits behind him, it is no wonder Clooney has chosen him for this new project. He is best known for playing Theseus Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, alongside Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander.

He has also appeared in the E4 series Glue, The Borgias, A&E miniseries War & Peace, BBC series The Capture, Victor Frankenstein, The Only Living Boy In New York, Emma, The Last Letter from Your Lover, and will be reprising his role as Theseus in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Meanwhile, this will be Clooney's sixth time as a director, having made his directorial debut in 2002. He previously directed two episodes of Hulu's adaptation of Catch-22 in 2019 and the Matt Damon-led Suburbicon. As for his acting prowess, Clooney recently wrapped up filming Netflix's The Midnight Sky, another story based on a novel which sees Clooney racing to stop a group of astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

A release date for The Boys In The Boat has not been announced yet.

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