George Clooney To Play John DeLorean In Biopic?

Thanks to Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Back To The Future, the DeLorean will always have a special place in cinema history. But despite it's cool looks and gull-wing doors, the car itself is seen in the eyes of history as an epic disaster that left its creator, John Delorean so desperate to make money that he attempted to try drug trafficking and was arrested (though later released due to entrapment laws. The story of the creator is a fairly interesting one and while three biopics were in the works earlier this year, we haven't heard much about them since. Now one of them may have found its lead actor.

Irish Central reports that George Clooney is in talks to take on the role of the infamous car executive. Not to be confused with the project being produced by Brett Ratner or Kathryn DeLorean, Clooney is rumored to be attached to the version being backed by David Permut, which the site refers to as "the front-runner." According to the story, the film will chronicle DeLorean's time at GMC, the creation of the DMC-12 and would "presumably" cover his arrest in 1982.

I'm not entirely sure how much faith to put into this story, but I'd personally be wary of it. At this point, with The Ides Of March finally coming together after years of being stuck in development hell, one must assume that Clooney is putting all of his time and energy into that project, not signing on to movies about car manufacturers. Would Clooney make for a solid John DeLorean? Sure, why not. It's the timing that feels off.

Eric Eisenberg
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