Leonardo DiCaprio has been picked up by Warner Bros. Pictures to star in the adaptation of Farragut North.
DiCaprio for Farragut North
Based on Beau Willimon's play, Farragut North tells the story of a young communications director 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 rivals.
Willimon is writing the script, with George Clooney likely to direct. Clooney's full involvement, however, is still unclear.
Appian Way and Smoke House both fell for the play, which they later pitched to Warner Bros, where both banners have first-look deals.
The play is headed for Broadway next year, with Mike Nichols reportedly in line to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in the thesp’s Broadway debut.
Willimon's play comes from experience, as he worked for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential run.
Willimon could become a busy bee in Hollywood, as he was also recently tapped by Fox 2000 last week to adapt the British miniseries The Jury into a feature film.
DiCaprio recently wrapped Revolutionary Road with Kate Winslet and is busy working with Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott on Body of Lies.