First trailer for George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' - watch

Historical action-thriller also stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman and Bill Murray

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The first trailer for George Clooney's new movie The Monuments Men has been released. Scroll down and click 'play' to watch it.

As well as starring, Clooney directed the historical action-thriller and co-wrote its script with Grant Heslov, with whom he previously collaborated on The Ides Of March and Good Night, And Good Luck.

The Monuments Men is based on a book by Robert Edsel and tells the true story of a World War II platoon tasked with rescuing artistic masterpieces from the Nazis before Hitler destroyed them.

Clooney attracted an impressive ensemble cast including Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, The Artist's Jean Dujardin and Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville. He shot the film earlier this year in various locations in Germany and the UK.

The Monuments Men opens in US cinemas on December 18, right in the heart of awards season, before getting a UK release on January 9, 2014.

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