Clooney Plays An “American” Assassin

George Clooney is set to star as an assassin in the suspense thriller “The American” for Focus Features.

An adaptation of Martin Booth’s 2005 novel “A Very Private Gentleman”, Clooney plays Jack, an American killer who vows to retire after a previous job in Sweden goes bad.

Holing up in a small Italian country town, he befriends a local priest and pursues a romance with a local woman while waiting for his final assignment to be ready.

Bruce Altman, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli and Violante Placido also star. Rowan Joffe (“Last Resort”) adapted the script.

Anton Corbijn (“Control”) directs the film which began filming on location in Italy this week.

Clooney, Anne Carey, Grant Heslov, Ann Wingate and Jill Green are producing.