Focus Features has set George Clooney to star in A Very Private Gentleman, an adaptation of the Martin Booth novel to be directed by Anton Corbijn, says Variety.
Rowan Joffe is scripting the film, which shoots in Italy this fall.
Clooney will play an assassin who hides out in an idyllic Italian town before carrying out a final assignment. He resists his usual aversion to human interaction, and his friendships and romantic entanglements complicate his mission.
Clooney and Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov will join Anne Carrey as producer.