George Clooney Gets Financing For Farragut North, Now Titled The Ides Of March
George Clooney has been trying to get a film adaptation of the Beau Willimon stage play Farragut North off the ground for more that three years now. Originally planned as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, Clooney has more recently been looking at Chris Pine, and Ryan Gosling, though he's never had the money to back the movie. Now, almost like magic, all of the pieces are falling into place.
Deadline reports that Clooney has found financing for the film, which will be retitled The Ides of March. Written by the actor, his partner Grant Heslov, and Willimon, the project has also captured an incredible cast that includes the aforementioned Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. The original play was based on the 2004 presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Howard Dean and is about a press secretary, who will be played by Gosling, that gets caught up in backroom politics and a scandal involving a teenage staffer.
Leatherheads may have not been the greatest film in the world, but I personally love both Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night and Good Luck. Clooney is certainly a talented director and he obviously has a passion for this project (why else stick with it for so many years?) Hopefully the years of effort will pay off and Clooney will once again have a shot at the Best Director award at the Oscars.
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