Ryan Gosling, who is currently generating Oscar buzz for his performance in the December indie 'Blue Valentine,' is reportedly in negotiations to star in George Clooney's next directorial effort, 'Farragut North.'
According to Deadline, Gosling would play a young press secretary who works for a Presidential candidate -- the same role that was previously linked to Leonardo DiCaprio and 'Star Trek's' Chris Pine, the latter of whom played the character on stage.
Gosling's on-screen boss, a figure loosely based on former Vermont governor and 2004 Presidential hopeful Howard Dean, will be portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Paul Giamatti is also said to be on board as a rival candidate's campaign manager.
If cast, Gosling will basically be playing a version of playwright Beau Willimon, who worked on Dean's campaign in 2004. In the play, the character is a whiz kid with a bright future in politics, but whose weaknesses come out by way of Giamatti's manipulative character and an unwise affair with a teenage intern. (Evan Rachel Wood is reportedly rumored to play the role of the intern on screen.)
Gosling, one of the best actors of his generation, seems to be keeping the quality level high when it comes to picking roles, while also appealing to the remaining fans from his teen heartthrob days. It's been six years, though, since he starred in the hugely popular 'Notebook' adaptation, and three years since he last appeared on screen, in 'Lars and the Real Girl.'
Between now and 'Farragut North,' however, Gosling will be back on the rise, especially with the release of 'Blue Valentine,' which some think will earn Gosling and co-star Michelle Williams their second Oscar nominations. Also, his long-since-completed murder mystery love story 'All Good Things' is finally being released around the same time, though it won't receive as much attention.
Other high profile roles in the works include Nicolas Winding Refn's much-anticipated 'Drive' and the Steve Carrell-led ensemble comedy 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.'