Philip Seymour Hoffman to star in George Clooney's Farragut North
Actor-director George Clooney's new directorial effort is starting to come together, with Vulture reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti have signed on for Farragut North.

George Clooney will direct from a script by Beau Willimon, who adapted his own off-Broadway play for the silver screen. It was said that George Clooney wants to start shooting the movie as early as February.

The film and play are based off Willimon's experiences working on the 2004 Howard Dean Presidential campaign. The story is set in Des Moines, Iowa, just before the Iowa Democratic caucus, and revolves around Stephen Myers, a political animal who plays dirty to get his candidate a nomination. The site reports that George Clooney will offer the Myers role to Chris Pine, since Leonardo DiCaprio has apparently dropped out of the film. Chris Pine had recently played the same part on stage last year in Los Angeles.

Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Paul Zara, Myers' boss on the campaign trail and Paul Giamatti will play the rival campaign manager of the opposing candidate. Vulture is also reporting that offers have gone out to Evan Rachel Wood to play a teenage staffer who has a fling with Daley, and Marisa Tomei to play a political journalist.

We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further information regarding Farragut North as soon as we have more information.