George Clooney (soon to be seen as a moody and monosyllabic assassin in The American) is getting behind the camera again for political drama Farragut North.

Vulture are reporting that Clooney intends to shoot this adaptation of a play about dirty tricks on the campaign trail next February, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Chris Pine (who appeared in an LA-staged production of the material last year) look set to join Clooney, who has given himself a small part too.

It’s been a couple of years since the actor’s previous directing job, the 1920’s-set romcom Leatherheads (which failed to make much of an impression with audience and critics alike), so it’s good to see him on familiar creative ground again, given the success of his last political-themed project, Good Night, and Good Luck, which was nominated for 6 Oscars in total (including best director for Clooney).