George Clooney Chooses Ryan Gosling to Lead 'Farragut North'
Last month we heard about the cast coming together for a feature adaptation of Beau Willimon's critically acclaimed play, set during the Iowa primary presidential race. George Clooney is set to direct, and while he had offered the lead role to Chris Pine (who played the part in a production of the play in Los Angeles), it looks like Pine has turned him down. Deadline is reporting Ryan Gosling is negotiating to take that same role as a young communications director who works for a fast rising presidential candidate. During the course of the campaign, the idealistic man falls prey to backstabbing and other trickery from his rivals.
My guess is Pine either already had his fill of the character in his stint on stage in LA, or, more likely, his future slate that's already filled with This Means War, the Jack Ryan franchise reboot, the Star Trek sequel, and his recently reported role in Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut Welcome to People. But Philip Seymour Hoffman is still on board to play Gosling's "hard-bitten veteran boss on the trail" and Paul Giamatti is set to play the campaign manager of the rival candidate. No word on whether Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei have accepted offers for their supporting roles just yet. As a big fan of Good Night, and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, I can't wait to see another film from Clooney. Even the cast itself is reason enough to get excited. Agreed?