George Clooney set to direct Ryan Gosling

Clooney and production partner Grant Heslov have collaborated with 'Farragut' playwright Beau Willimon to adapt the 2008 political drama for the big screen, Contactmusic reported.

The movie version follows a press spokesman, played by 'Notebook' star Gosling, who is manipulated by veteran operatives during a US political campaign and seduced by a young intern, to be played by Evan Rachel Wood.

Clooney, 46, will star in the film as a candidate running in the presidential primary race, while Paul Giamatti will play a rival campaign manager. Meanwhile, Marisa Tomei will enact the role of a reporter for the New York Times. The shooting is scheduled to begin next year in February.

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