Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Clooney signs up for Leatherheads

After years of rumours and talks about Leatherheads, George Clooney's involvement in the forthcoming film has finally been pinned down.The Hollywood actor will direct and star in the romantic comedy. Renee Zellweger is said to be in talks with the production company to co-star in the film.Clooney will also rewrite the script, which is set in the 1920s against a backdrop of the formation of pro American football, Variety reports.The original idea for the film centres around an ageing football player who attempts to encourage a young college football star to drop out and join the new professional league.Meanwhile Clooney is currently busy filming Ocean's 13 as well as doing his bit for the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.At an informal meeting hosted by the US ambassador to the UN last week, the Oscar-winning star urged the UN to force a halt in the ongoing violence in Sudan's Darfur region."In many ways it is unfair but it is nevertheless true that this genocide will be on your watch. How you deal with it will be your legacy. Your Rwanda, your Cambodia, your Auschwitz," he said.