Clooney's 'Farragut North' Firms Up Cast, Gets Classy New Title

October 27, 2010

George Clooney

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?

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Hmm sounds more like Roman History to me then anything Shakespearean, also it could just be referring to the literal date, March 15th, does the movie take place on this day....(the ides of march are the day Julius Caesar was killed)

LINKFX on Oct 27, 2010


@ #1, LINKFX, In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a seer warns the emperor to "beware the Ides of March." Likely the title is meant to evoke both the Shakespearean elements of the story as well as the fact that the 2008 Iowa caucuses took place on March 15th.

Ethan Anderton on Oct 27, 2010


Ah. I see. You're probably right then, When i saw Farragut North at The Geffen (with Chris Pine) I can tell you it's definitely a work of total fiction and it took place I think in 2004...It was pretty good, very intense. Would have loved to have seen the film with the same All- star cast from the play. I don't know what they're changing for the film, obviously the title hahaha

LINKFX on Oct 28, 2010

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