Damon Lindelof drafts Batman to star in his mystery sci-fi movie

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

A few more details have finally slipped out about Damon Lindelof's mystery sci-fi movie 1952, including the name of the huge star now confirmed to star in the picture.

A press release sent out by the Walt Disney Company, which is producing the film, announced that George Clooney will star and that the movie will be released on Dec. 19, 2014. Clooney was rumored to be in the casting mix for a while; the superstar has played in the genre sandbox before with films like From Dusk 'Til Dawn, Steven Soderbergh's remake of Solaris and, most infamously, as the Caped Crusader in 1997's Batman and Robin, which buried that particular franchise for eight years until Christopher Nolan revived it.

Lindelof, who recently wrote Prometheus for Ridley Scott and co-authored the script for Star Trek Into Darkness with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, has collaborated on this one with its director, Brad Bird, who in addition to being behind the camera for The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is the man who everyone wants to direct Star Wars VII.

It seems, however, that 1952 is his main priority right now. Next to nothing is known about the plot, except that it takes place not in the title year but mostly in the present and involves aliens coming to Earth for the first time. Lindelof and Bird are said to be going for a Close Encounters of the Third Kind feel on this one.

One curious note: The Disney press release says that 1952 will be in 3D, but a tweet from Bird himself claims that "we've never discussed" using the process for the film. Apparently the studio has neglected to mention that to the filmmakers ...

Do Clooney, Bird and Lindelof sound like a winning combination to you? Where on your list of upcoming movies does 1952 now rank in anticipation?