Clooney in Guantanamo Bay film
George Clooney may well be set to play the U.S. Navy officer who fights to bring the Geneva Convention to the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and other such prisons where people are held for suspected acts of terror and in connection with terrorist activities.
His production company, Smokehouse, have just bought the rights to the book which is yet to be published which tells the story of one Guantanamo prisoner Salim Hamdan.
The book is written by Jonathan Mahler and looks at the case of Hamdan who was detained for being a personal driver and bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden.
However a jury of military officers found him not guilty of terrorism conspiracy charges because he was just a guy who didn't know anything about jihad and was just there for the work. A resolution that sounds decidedly uncharacteristic of Guantanamo Bay and the U.S.'s anti-terrorism actions.
Starpulse Blog have the rumour that George Clooney will play the U.S. Naval officer who helped take Salim Hamdan's case to the Supreme Court and in turn ensure that people detained as terrorists received their full rights under the Geneva Convention.
It sounds an interesting role, and I really could see Clooney taking up such a challenge. It's very political and indeed some in the U.S. might think rather anti-American, however it's a story that should be told and Clooney has a habit of pulling out some hugely dramatic and very politically charged roles. Could this be one of them?
I'm actually surprised that there haven't been more dramatic films about Guantanamo, the only other two I've seen being The Road to Guantanamo (Filmstalker review) and Extraordinary Rendition (Filmstalker review).