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George Clooney directing Farragut North?

Chris Pine

George Clooney is reportedly eyeing a screen adaptation of play Farragut North for his next directing gig.

And with the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Chris Pine already signed on to star, you can see why the silver fox is so interested in the project.

A political gambit that came out of Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign to become the next US President, Farragut North was originally scribed by playwright Beau Williamson and followed political backstabbing in an Iowa town.

Chris Pine will apparently play political genius Stephen Meyers – a role that he has already treaded the boards with during the play’s LA production.

Meanwhile, Philip Seymour Hoffman has nabbed the role of Paul Zara from Brad Pitt. Zara is a hardened campaign trail boss.

Will this be Clooney’s next? He’s already got two handfuls’ worth of other projects tugging at his apron strings (among them Escape From Tehran and The Innocent Man ), but how can he possibly pass up a cast like that?