In age of diminished wattage from conventional movie stars, George Clooney resolutely remains a bona fide movie star. In fact, Clooney lobbied very hard to snag the role of Jack in 2004's Sideways, but co-writer and director Alexander Payne felt he was simply to big a figure to play the character, a failed actor. Clooney's desire to work with the auteur remained strong, however, and he's now starring in The Descendants, Payne's first film in six years. The actor takes on a rare paternal role as Matt King, a real estate mogul in Hawaii who must take responsibility of his two daughters when his wife is involved in a boating accident.
A new image, which debuted at USA Today, shows Clooney in an incongruous Hawaiian shirt, alongside Shailene Woodley, who plays elder daughter Alexandra, a 17 year-old recovering drug addict.
Like Clooney before her, Woodley got her start on television, starring on The Secret Life of an American Teenage and appeared on The O.C., Jack & Bobby, and Crossing Jordan.
If you haven't seen it, check out the first trailer for The Descendants and watch Robert Forster throw down.
The film was adapted from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, with a screenplay by actors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, along with contributions from Payne himself. The cast includes Clooney, Woodley, Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, and Rob Huebel.
The Descendants is set for November 23rd, and with The Ides of March (which Clooney co-wrote, directed, and stars in) arriving in October, it's going to be a Clooney-intensive fall this year.