About a month ago we reported that Chris Pine was being eyed for the lead role in Farragut North, a political drama that George Clooney is planning to adapt from the play of the same name-- a play that, when it was staged in Los Angeles, starred Chris Pine. Perfect, right? Apparently Clooney wanted more of a change, though, as Deadline now reports that Clooney wants Ryan Gosling for the role, and the actor has entered negotiations to sign on board.

The play by Beau Willimon is based on his real-life experiences working for the Howard Dean presidential campaign in 2004. Gosling would play the communications director for a presidential candidate, forced to give up his ideals when thrust headfirst into the ridiculous, ugly world of politics. Back around the time of the Chris Pine rumor we also heard that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti were definitely on board, and offers were out to Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei as well. Today's Deadline piece makes no mention of any of them, though it seems fairly possible that the original story simply had the Pine part wrong and all the other cast in their proper place.

Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov plan to start production by March, which gives them plenty of time to get all the pieces together. It's kind of a bummer to see Pine miss out on a big dramatic role like this, especially since he's already played the character and probably wants to beef up his resume along with all the action roles, but you can't deny that Gosling has the chops to make it work.

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