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Plays are the thing for some celebs

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Tbdjake081607 Stage director Mike Nichols has a couple big projects lined up for Broadway next year starring some screen favorites, the New York Post says.

The Country Girl, a 1950 Clifford Odets piece about backstage Broadway, will likely star Morgan Freeman as the washed-up lead, with Frances McDormand playing his wife. Tony Shalhoub was supposed to be the hot-shot young director in the play, but rumor has it Nichols and Spamalot producer Bill Haber are now looking for a younger actor.

Meanwhile, Nichols also took the new play Farragut North from an off-Broadway company and cast Jake Gyllenhaal as an idealistic press secretary who works for a presidential contender.

That play is so hot, pals George Clooney and Matt Damon have bought the film rights. And since it was written by Howard Dean campaigner Beau Willimon, we may just have a scene where the candidate shrieks like a member of the Vandal horde.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:18am]

    

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