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George Clooney eyes Chris Pine, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti for Farragut North

08.31.2010
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About three years ago, George Clooney decided he wanted to helm a big screen version of the off-broadway play, FARRAGUT NORTH. Now the actor is actually putting the film into production.

Vulture says that Clooney with start shooting next February with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and possibly Chris Pine.

FARRAGUT NORTH is "a political drama about campaign dirty tricks written by former Democratic political operative Beau Willimon." Willimon actually wrote the first draft of the movie adaptation and was inspired to do so after his work campaigning for Howard Dean in 2004. Vulture says that the story is, "the story is set in Des Moines, Iowa, just weeks before the state’s Democratic caucuses officially commence; it follows the exploits of a twentysomething presidential campaign spinmeister/wunderkind named Stephen Myers, and the dirty pool he plays to get his candidate the nomination against a rival senator." Originally Leonard DiCaprio was set up to play Myers, but dropped out. Clooney is now looking to Pine to play the part. Pine received tons of praise when he played the role of Myers in last year's Los Angeles production.

Hoffman is stepping in for Brad Pitt who originally wanted to play the part of Myers veteran boss, Paul Zara. Giamatti will play the campaign manager of the rival candidate. Offers have also went out to Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei. Clooney might also take on a small role in the film.

Clooney is currently looking to make a distribution. Sony might distribute the project, but will not fit the bill for it. So for right now, the production will be independent.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone else enjoy the speech that Clooney gave at the Emmys?
Source: Vulture

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5:03PM on 09/01/2010
I've been waiting for PSH and Paul Giamatti to costar in SOMETHING. And George Clooney always has a way of making me consider a movie.
I've been waiting for PSH and Paul Giamatti to costar in SOMETHING. And George Clooney always has a way of making me consider a movie.
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5:43AM on 09/01/2010
Clooney's political films are always good. Can't effing wait for this one.
Clooney's political films are always good. Can't effing wait for this one.
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4:53AM on 09/01/2010
This will be interesting, all of them great actors.
This will be interesting, all of them great actors.
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10:15PM on 08/31/2010

4 guys that I respect the fuck out of...

Oh hell yeah.
I'm a huge fan of Paul and Phil and George and I like a lot of folks am looking forward to what Mr. Pine does next.
Oh hell yeah.
I'm a huge fan of Paul and Phil and George and I like a lot of folks am looking forward to what Mr. Pine does next.
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10:08PM on 08/31/2010
I thought Clooney did a great job with "Good night and good luck", so I'd be happy to see him take on another directorial job.
I thought Clooney did a great job with "Good night and good luck", so I'd be happy to see him take on another directorial job.
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9:35PM on 08/31/2010
With this cast, the worse it can be is good.
With this cast, the worse it can be is good.
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8:53PM on 08/31/2010
Clooney in another political drama. Can't say I'm overly surprised.
Clooney in another political drama. Can't say I'm overly surprised.
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8:49PM on 08/31/2010
Sounds kinda interesting. Great cast. Clooney as the helmer. I'm in
Sounds kinda interesting. Great cast. Clooney as the helmer. I'm in
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