Composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Shape of Water, The King’s Speech, Godzilla) is reteaming with George Clooney on the upcoming sports drama The Boys in the Boat. The film is produced and directed by Clooney and stars Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner, Sam Strike, Jack Mulhern, Luke Slattery, Chris Diamantopoulos, Thomas Elms, Bruce Herbelin-Earle, Tom Varey, Wil Coban, Hadley Robinson, James Wolk and Courtney Henggeler. The movie tells the true story of the 1936 University of Washington rowing team who – at the height of the Great Depression – were thrust into the spotlight and took on elite rivals from around the world. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Overlord) wrote the screenplay based on Daniel James Brown’s book of the same title. Smokehouse Pictures’ Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck, August, Osage County) and Donna Gigliotti (Silver Linings Playbook, Hidden Figures) are also producing the project. Desplat has previously collaborated with Clooney on the actor’s directorial efforts The Ides of March, The Monuments Men, Suburbicon & The Midnight Sky and also composed the music for the Clooney-produced features Syriana and Argo. The Boys in the Boat is set to be released in theaters nationwide on December 25, 2023 by MGM/Amazon Studios.

Desplat’s other recent projects include Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s & Jimmy Chin’s Nyad, which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in select theaters on October 20 before making its Netflix debut on November 3, Ellen Kurras’ Lee, which also premiered at TIFF and is currently awaiting a release date, as well as Roman Polanski’s The Palace, which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival and just opened in Italian theaters this past weekend.