The Monuments Men

Brad Pitt's not the only one killin' Nazis.

Though he beat them to the punch in Inglorious Basterds, his Ocean's pals George Clooney and Matt Damon are aiming to play catch up in the forthcoming World War II drama The Monuments Men, the first trailer for which has hit the Internet.

Only based on this teaser, instead of takin' German scalps, the duo is out to save thousands of priceless works of art from Hitler and his armies bent on ultimately destroying generations of European collective history and culture.

The film, cowritten, produced and directed by Clooney, is based on a true story and stars the A-lister as George Stout, an American officer tasked with enlisting eight "unlikely heroes" for a daring mission that will drop them in the middle of the war zone.

While there, Stout and his "Monuments Men" will help direct G.I.s on what they can and cannot blow up as they defeat Hitler's war machine, but it's not exactly the dirty dozen.

It's more like the arty eight—a team comprised of "architects and artists," as Damon's character, James Rorimer, points out while being pitched the seemingly unfathomable plan.

"Aren't we a little old for that?" he asks Stout.

The Monuments Men

"Yes, we go through basic and then we wait for order," Clooney's mustachioed military man replies dryly.

Of course, he means basic training, and signing up to play the pair's band of brothers are Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.

"So we get to shoot some Nazis?" asks Balaban.

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The Monuments Men

It sure beats the office. Though as Damon's Rorimer finds out soon enough toward the end of the trailer, it's best to avoid land mines.

While the movie looks to have a fair amount of action, no doubt the serious subject of preserving peoples' cultural heritage will have strongly appeal to Oscar voters.

The Monuments Men, which also costars Cate Blanchett, hits theaters on Dec. 18—right in time for awards season.

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