George Clooney eyes 'Farragut North' cast

Targets Chris Pine, Philip Seymour Hoffman, other stars

George Clooney plans to start shooting political drama "Farragut North" in February, eyeing Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and possibly Chris Pine for the cast.

The news, reported by New York magazine's Vulture blog, comes about three years after Clooney announced plans to direct a film adaptation of the off-Broadway play.

It is a drama about campaign dirty tricks written by former Democratic operative Beau Willimon. The story is set in Des Moines, Iowa, just weeks before the state's Democratic caucuses.

Leonardo DiCaprio was once attached to play the role of the main political campaign organizer wunderkind, but he appears to have backed out, with Pine (who appeared in last year's LA stage production in that role) eyed as his replacement, according to Vulture.

Hoffman is expected to step in for the busy Brad Pitt as a campaign veteran, with Giamatti also expected to play a rival campaign manager.

Vulture also said that Clooney has offers out to Evan Rachel Wood (to play a teen staffer) and Marisa Tomei (for the role of a probing journalist). And Clooney himself also plans take a small role in the movie, potentially that of the political candidate who is never seen in the play.

Clooney reps are now in negotiations about a distribution deal for the film with Sony and possible financiers.
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