Warner Bros. is developing a screen version of Beau Willimon’s play “Farragut North,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and George Clooney eyeing the project as director. DiCaprio’s Appian Way will produce with Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House shingle. Willimon is writing the script. It is unclear yet whether Clooney will play an onscreen role. The protagonist is a young communications director who works for a fast-rising presidential candidate. During the course of the campaign, the idealistic young man falls prey to the backstabbing and other dirty trickery of seasoned rival politicos. The play is headed for Broadway next year, with Mike Nichols reportedly in line to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in the thesp’s Broadway stage debut. Timing of the screen version of “Farragut North” hasn’t been firmed yet. DiCaprio just finished starring with Kate Winslet in the Sam Mendes-directed “Revolutionary Road” for DreamWorks, and he’s currently at work starring with Russell Crowe in the Ridley Scott-directed “Body Of Lies” for WB.
Sounds pretty interesting. All of the players listed above have multiple (and all cool sounding) projects in various stages of development so we'll see if/when this pans out. But I love political movies, DiCaprio is one of my favorite male leads, and Clooney's choices as a director have been perfect thus far.