You know the summer blockbuster season has begun when Hollywood is already looking ahead to their serious Fall fare. First Showing.net is now hosting the first trailer for the legal thriller Michael Clayton, written and directed by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Ultimatum). The film stars George Clooney as a mysterious employee of a high-powered law firm sent to clean up a scandal left in the wake of a lawyer's breakdown. For once the trailer actually leaves some things to the imagination; there are some inklings of a deadly corporate conspiracy and maybe just a dash of politics -- but would you expect any less from Clooney? The film also stars Tom Wilkinson (who looks to be just a tad loony here), Tilda Swinton, and Sydney Pollack -- whose scenes in this trailer look almost identical to his other legal drama Changing Lanes, but I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

This is the first of many projects for Clooney this year. On top of the imminent release of the latest installment of the Ocean's franchise, the actor/director has already signed for the Coen brothers CIA film Burn after Reading alongside fellow "rat packer" Brad Pitt, and the dark comedy remake of Our Brand Is Crisis. Just recently word came that Clooney was also planning a film version of the strange true-life story of a FBI sting operation that posed as a film production to free hostages in Tehran. Oh, and we should also mention his football flick Leatherheads (which he directed) and the much-talked about White Jazz. But first up is Clayton, which is set for release September 28. Well, he might not be the next Cary Grant, but he certainly seems to have a similar work ethic.