I love George Clooney. As a director he's proven to put a priority on working with the best actors in the business. As an actor he's put a priority on working with the best directors in the business. You get the feeling with him that he doesn't take political roles anymore, the big paycheck jobs, and only focuses on what he believes will ultimately be good films told well.
So, if Clooney does come on board with this super secretive sci-fi project that speaks well of his opinion of Bird as a director and of Damon Lindelof's screenplay.
So, that's the newest there. More info as it comes in.