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George Clooney Signs Up to Play Murder-Solving Novelist

George Clooney will play a crime-solving author in an adaptation of the nonfiction book The Monster of Florence for Fox 2000. The co-author of the book, Douglas Preston, was a thriller writer who ended up investigating and solving a 30-year-old Italian serial-killer case with the Italian reporter Mario Spezi. Clooney will play Preston, in a part that was once attached to Tom Cruise, but will now be performed with far fewer stunt sequences and no threats of Shia LaBeouf joining the cast. [HR]