Ryan Gosling in talks for 'Farragut North'

Political drama co-written, to be directed by George Clooney

Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to step into the shoes of Leonardo DiCaprio in "Farragut North," the political drama George Clooney co-wrote and is directing and producing via his Smoke House shingle.

The project is based on a play by Beau Willimon and originally got set up in 2007 with DiCaprio attached to star. A reading that summer involved Jake Gyllenhaal.

Titled after the Washington Metro station that is located near many lobbyists' offices, the movie is based on a play which in turn is loosely based on Howard Dean's 2004 presidential election campaign, during which Willimon worked for the Democrat.

The story follows a young, idealistic communications director who works for an inspiring, though unorthodox, presidential candidate. During the campaign, his career is done in by more seasoned politicos who thrive on poisonous partisan politics, dirty tricks and back-stabbing.

Clooney, producing with his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov, is now independently financing the drama.

Gosling, repped by IFA, is currently shooting a rare foray into action fare with "Drive" and is generating awards buzz with "Blue Valentine," which the Weinstein Co. will open in late December.

Gosling's involvement was first reported by Deadline.
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