Clooney's 'Farragut North' Firms Up Cast, Gets Classy New Title
by Ethan Anderton
October 27, 2010
Previously we've heard about the potential cast for George Clooney's big screen adaptation of Beau Willimon's critically acclaimed play Farragut North which is set during the Iowa primary presidential race. Though talk of some potential casting was mentioned upon announcement of the project, it wouldn't be until later that Ryan Gosling was chosen to lead the film. Well, today a press release from Exclusive Media Group and Cross Creek (the companies funding the film) confirms the casting complete with the Shakespearean title The Ides of March. Keep reading to find out the confirmed cast members, and one previously unannounced.
Though he's already directing the story a young, idealistic communications director working for a fast-rising presidential candidate who falls prey to backstabbing and other trickery from his rivals, Clooney himself will play the campaigning candidate. In addition, previously mentioned actors Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood are all confirmed to star in the adaptation. Giamatti plays a rival campaign manager, Tomei plays a reporter for the New York Times, and Wood plays an intern for the campaign. There's no word on whether Philip Seymour Hoffman is still in the mix, but if he's not mentioned in the press release, it seems unlikely that he's still attached. Sound good?