Clooney to produce chick flick

Global oestrogen levels soared at the news that George Clooney is producing what sounds like a classy chick-flick, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. It serves as confirmation that George needs to buy a few rounds down his local to counter accusations that he is getting very metrosexual in his middle-age.

The film is an adaptation of the stage play August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts, and will feature Streep and Roberts playing mother and daughter Violet and barbara, which might have caused a few ego checks among the stars. It will be directed by John Wells, best known for TV drama hits ER and The West Wing, and the project is overseen by Harvey Weinstein.

"We are thrilled to work on this project," Clooney said. "It's already a great cast and great material and I can’t think of anyone better than Harvey to put this all together. And we're particularly excited to work with our dear friend John Wells. It’s such a terrific group and we feel honoured to help bring it to the screen."

The man sounds as if he is turning into a complete luvvie. Clooney’s career pattern in recent years has been to take on the occasional commercial blockbuster part, in order to have the artistic freedom to work on arty or political movies.

His next major role is in Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Clooney and Sandra Bullock play astronauts who survive when debris hits a space station, and have to find a way to escape. The film is due for release in 2013.

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