Academy Award-winning director and producer Steven Soderbergh’s (Traffic) dramatic thriller The Good German, starring George Clooney (Good Night, And Good Luck.), Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) and Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man 2), commenced production on September 27th, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, The Good German takes place in the ruins of post-WWII Berlin, where U.S. Army war correspondent Jake Geismar (George Clooney) becomes embroiled with Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), a former lover whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt by both the American and Russian armies. Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get herself and her husband out of Berlin. Tully (Tobey Maguire), a soldier in the American army motor pool assigned to drive Jake around Berlin, has black market connections that may be Lena’s way out — or lead them all into even darker territory.

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Virtual Studios, a Section 8 production, The Good German is directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Ben Cosgrove (Good Night, And Good Luck.) and Gregory Jacobs (Ocean’s Twelve). Benjamin Waisbren is the executive producer and Fred Brost (Ocean’s Twelve) serves as co-producer. The screenplay is written by Paul Attanasio (Poseidon), based on the novel by Joseph Kanon. Philip Messina (Ocean’s Twelve) serves as production designer and Louise Frogley (Syriana) is the costume designer.

The Good German is being filmed on location in Los Angeles, and is scheduled for release in 2006 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.