Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in a film loosely based on Howard Dean.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Howard Dean didn't make it to the White House, but could some form of him make it to the big screen?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney are in discussions to join forces for a movie loosely based on the former governor's meteoric rise and fall in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries.
The movie is set to be adapted from an upcoming Broadway play by Beau Willimon. The play, "Farragut North," tracks a novice but inspired campaign staffer who works for an "unorthodox" presidential candidate, according to the newspaper. Willimon worked on Dean’s presidential campaign.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that, according to the talks, Clooney would direct and produce the adaptation, and DiCaprio would star and produce.
Dean, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, led the 2004 Democratic field in both the polls and campaign cash heading into the first wave of primaries. But, after a disappointing third place showing in Iowa, the Vermont Democrat's campaign quickly fizzled out. He ultimately failed to win a single caucus or primary outside of his home state of Vermont.
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