George Clooney To Play Gay Lead In New Film?


George Clooney has been offered the role in the remake of the film from which Brokeback Mountain got its inspiration, according to media and gossips reports.

The Set was an Australian film made in 1970, and caused controversy over its portrayal of homosexuality, which was still illegal in that country at that time.  The film’s writer and star Roger Ward will helm the $50 million remake, and has  earmarked the Up in the Air star for the lead role.

Issuing a press release, Ward said: "I’ve approached George Clooney for one of the main roles. He’s one of Hollywood’s best talents and would be perfect for communicating the intense emotions seen on screen."

Following its release, The Set sparked a number of conflicts between pro and anti-gay rights demonstrators, but has been credited with paving the way for all gay-themed films that followed, including the 2005 hit Brokeback Mountain.

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