It was announced last year that Anton Corbijn’s follow up to the excellent Joy Division film, Control, would be entitled The American and would star George Clooney as an assassin who vows to do one last job, and today the first location images from the film have emerged.

Here’s the official synopsis (thanks to Slashfilm)

Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman of this fall’s Peter and Vandy) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten of Focus’ award-winning In Bruges), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Italian screen and stage veteran Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Italian leading lady Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

Based on a book by Martin Booth, entitled A Very Private Gentleman, there is nothing in the synopsis of the film or what I know of the book that gets me that excited but recently Corbijn has begun blogging about the filming here, where he has posted three photos from the filming locations. As to be expected from Corbijn, who was an established photographer before he made Control, the shots are beautiful and even if the plot does not sound that unique I am sure the film will be a visual treat.

Corbijn has stated that they are currently filming in Sweden and the film will open in Autumn this year. The pictures are clickable below.