Hoffman, Giamatti Go “North” With Clooney

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti have signed on for George Clooney’s next directorial effort “Farragut North” reports Vulture.

Beau Willimon adapted his own off-Broadway play which is based on his own experiences working on the 2004 Howard Dean Presidential campaign.

Set in Des Moines, Iowa just before the Democratic caucus, the story revolves around political manipulator Stephen Myers who uses dirty tactics to get his candidate a nomination.

Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to play Myers but is no longer involved. Chris Pine is expected to be offered the role as he portrayed it on stage last year in Los Angeles.

Hoffman will play Myers’ boss Paul Zara, while Giamatti will play the campaign manager of the opposing candidate. Offers are also out to Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei.

Shooting could kick off as early as February.