George Clooney could be headed to Disney for the first time in his movie career.
The actor is in negotiations to star in the studio’s ultra-secret sci-fi project written by Damon Lindelof and directed by Brad Bird, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The project was originally working under the temporary title 1952 but in recent weeks has switched to being called Tesla. Both are understood to be fake names, much like Blue Harvest was the code name for Star Wars.
The plot is being kept under wraps, although it has been described as being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg’s 1970s movie about a man searching for extra-terrestrial life on Earth.
The project is one of a handful of live action efforts that the studio’s movie division hopes to ramp up next year in what may be its most active periods in years.