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Clooney's Farragut comes together

George Clooney is finally going to direct a big-screen adaptation of the political drama Farragut North - more than three years after he announced that he wanted to make the movie.

The indie film will start shooting in February next year, with a star-studded cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and possibly Chris Pine, Vulture reports.

The Up In The Air star will take on a minor role, that of a presidential candidate, in the film, which is based on the off-Broadway play about dirty tricks on the campaign trail.

Star Trek actor Chris will reportedly be offered the role of presidential campaign spin doctor Stephen Myers following the accolades he received for his performance in the LA stage production in 2009.

Oscar-winner Philip will portray Stephen's veteran boss Paul Zara, a role which Brad Pitt originally considered, while Paul will play the campaign manager of the rival candidate.

It's also reported that George is planning to offer Evan Rachel Wood the role of Stephen's love interest, and Marisa Tomei the part of a probing journalist.

Farragut North will be George's fifth outing as director, following 2008's Leatherheads, Good Night And Good Luck, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and an unscripted project.

He will also helm dark comedy Suburbicon, written by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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