George Clooney Is Making a Movie About the Rupert Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal

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Serious director George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck), the most handsome spawn of a journalist probably ever, has decided to bring Rupert Murdoch and his cronies to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney's next effort as a filmmaker will be an adaptation of Guardian reporter Nick Davies's book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch, about the dirty tabloid tricks that brought down News of the World in 2011. Needless to say, 21st Century Fox will not be involved.

"This has all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," said Clooney in a statement. "And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film."

Julianne Moore for Rebekah Brooks, please. Thanks.

CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Rebekah Brooks (formerly Wade) and Rupert Murdoch attend day 3 of the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival on March 18, 2010 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
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