According to Variety, in what will be his first starring role since Spider-Man 2, Tobey Maguire has signed to star with George Clooney and Cate Blanchett in The Good German, the Steven Soderbergh-directed adaptation of the Joseph Kanon novel for Warner Bros.

Drama follows an American journalist (to be played by Clooney) drawn into a murder mystery in post-war Berlin, where he's searching for his wartime mistress (Blanchett). Paul Attanasio wrote the script.

Maguire will play a seemingly innocent soldier who drives the journo around town and has motives of his own.

The Good German will be shot in black-and-white on WB's soundstages. Production begins in the fall.