Clooney and Damon are Headed to Venice
07/30/2009 AT 09:00 AM EDT
Organizers of the film festival in the Italian city of canals announced a roster of films and film stars aimed at drawing maximum buzz, with possible appearances including Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Jared Leto and Diane Kruger.
Billed as the world's oldest movie confab, the 66th Venice Film Festival kicks off Sept. 2 and will feature world premieres of two much-anticipated pictures: The Men Who Stare At Goats, starring George Clooney, and The Informant!, with Matt Damon.
Men Who Stare, a comedy about a reporter (Clooney) who discovers a paranormal psychology unit at work in Iraq, also brings to the screen Jeff Bridges, McGregor, Spacey and Stephen Root. The Informant! pairs Damon with director Steven Soderbergh in a comedy-thriller involving a price-fixing scandal.
While many had expected Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese, to bow in Venice, it wasn't included on today's list, leading to suspicion the movie will headline Toronto's film festival instead.
Among other films cited to screen: 3-D versions of Pixar's Toy Story and Toy Story 2; Bad Lieutenant, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Werner Herzog; Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story; the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road, with Mortensen and Theron; and Mr. Nobody, starring Leto and Kruger.