Three years after making his intentions known, George Clooney is ready to mount his adaptation of the off-Broadway play Farragut North for the screen. Leonardo di Caprio has pulled out (from the cast at least – the new info doesn’t mention his possible production relationship with the film), but this hasn’t prevented Clooney from assembling a fighting-fit group of would-be politicos including Philip Seymour Hoffman, stepping in for Brad Pitt whose schedule is a mite too full, Paul Giamatti and possibly Chris Pine, whose performance in the stage version in LA last year was well-received.
Clooney has also cast himself in small but central role not found in the original play, a political drama about the nasty tricks we’ve come to expect from presidential campaigns in the race for their parties’ nominations. It’s thought by the folks at Vulture that filming will start in February.
The original draft for Farragut North was written by its playwright, Beau Willimon, a former Democratic political operative who worked for presidential Howard Dean back in 2004.