George Clooney has set his sights on Farragut North as his next directorial feature. Based on off-Broadway play of the same name, the political drama is about Stephen Meyers, an idealistic communications director who works for an inspiring though unorthodox, presidential candidate. The campaign is undone by ruthless, political masterminds who employ every dirty trick to win. Vulture reports that Clooney is planning to shoot the film in February and has cast Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and has offered the role of Meyers to Chris Pine. Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to play the role way back in 2007, but he has apparently backed out. Pine received critical acclaim when he played the role in L.A.’s stage production.
Hit the jump for more details on the project.
The drama’s other major role is of Meyer’s “hard-bitten veteran boss”. Brad Pitt wanted to play the role, but was unavailable due to his busy schedule (which includes World War Z and The Lost City of Z). Hoffman will play the role instead while Giamatti is playing the campaign manager of the rival candidate. In addition to Pine, Clooney also has offers out to Evan Rachel Wood (a teen staffer with whom Myers has a sexual dalliance) and Marisa Tomei (a probing journalist). Vulture adds that Clooney might take the small role of the candidate himself, although the character is never seen in the stage version and only appears briefly in the script.
Clooney will be seen in theaters tomorrow in Anton Corbijn’s The American. He also stars in Alexander Payne’s upcoming film, The Descendants. As for Pine, he’ll next be seen this November in the action-thriller Unstoppable with Denzel Washington.