HOLLYWOOD – Following the upcoming unmitigated disaster of his ‘comedy’ The Monuments Men, undeterred George Clooney has signed on to direct and star in another comedy: a live action version of Pixar classic Toy Story.
The Leatherheads director told Studio Exec he was psyched for the role:
I think in a sense I’ve already played Buzz Lightyear in Gravity and so in a way my career has been leading up to this. There’s something of Ulysses [Everett McGill from O Brother Where Art Thou?] in Buzz’s self-deception. And although no one noticed at the time, I was totally riffing off of Tim Allen’s performance in Solaris.
The part of the cowboy Woody remains uncast, although it is confirmed that Tom Hanks has ruled himself out of the role. Clooney was philosophical:
Ideally, Tom would have been great, but he feels he’s done it. Then I thought of Woody Allen or Woody Harrelson, even Rachel Evans Wood but with those choices I think I was just fixating on the name. I suppose my dream actor would be Ryan Reynolds. His acting just cries out Woody, but he’s so in demand right now it would be hard to get him. Not for his acting, by the way but for this pool cleaning service he runs.
Toy Story: The Motion Picture will be released in 2015.