'The Monuments Men' trailer: George Clooney saves art from Hitler

There's a definite "Ocean's Eleven" vibe going on in the trailer for George Clooney's latest directorial effort, "The Monuments Men," but don't expect this to be just another heist drama. Based on the true story about a platoon tasked with saving famous art before Hitler destroying it, "The Monuments Men" looks to be a big awards season contender.

It helps that the flick has a fantastic cast. Starring familiar faces like Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin and Bob Balaban, "The Monuments Men" features some heavy hitters. But it also looks to be a great ensemble piece, which is exciting coming from someone like Clooney.

"The Monuments Men" is due in theaters on Dec. 18. Here's the official synopsis:

"Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, 'The Monuments Men' is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys -- seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 -- possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements."

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