Actor Ryan Gosling is reportedly in negotiations for George Clooney's new directorial effort, Farragut North, according to Deadline New York.

Ryan Gosling is set to portray a young, idealistic communications manager for a rising political star who is running for President. He finds himself the victim of dirty politics at the hands of his more experienced and savvy rivals.

We reported last month that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti had both joined the cast of the movie, although they weren't mentioned in this new story. Deadline New York also notes that Leonardo DiCaprio was originally attached to the role that Ryan Gosling is now in talks for. Interestingly enough, our earlier report indicated that George Clooney was going to offer that same role to Chris Pine.

The movie is based off the play by Beau Willimon, which was based off his experiences on the 2004 Presidential campaign trail with Howard Dean. It was said that the movie could start production as early as March.