George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio are in discussions to team for the Warner Bros. Pictures political thriller “Farragut North,” based on the upcoming Broadway play by Beau Willimon.
Clooney would direct, DiCaprio would star and both would produce the adaptation of the play which is loosely based on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential election campaign, during which Willimon worked for the Democrat.
The story follows a young, idealistic communications director who works for an inspiring, though unorthodox, presidential candidate. During the campaign, his career is done in by more seasoned politicos who thrive on poisonous partisan politics, dirty tricks and back-stabbing.
Mike Nichols (“Primary Colors”) is slated to direct the play which is set to open in Fall 2008 with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. Willimon, who’s also adapting the 2002 British mini-series “The Jury” into a feature film, has adapted his own work.
No dates have yet been set, though it’s looking likely to be a post-strike project.