Watch: Ryan Gosling plays both sides in George Clooney's 'The Ides of March' trailer
Presidential campaign thriller looks intense
If there is one city Hollywood adores more than New York to mine for dramatic intrigue, it's Washington, D.C. So, with the 2012 Presidential election just around the corner, it isn't surprising a political thriller with allegories to today's political climate in heading to theaters. Case in point? George Clooney's return to the director's chair, the politically charged adaptation of Beau Willimon's play "Farragut North," "The Ides of March."
"March" will open the Venice Film Festival at the end of the month and will also screen at Toronto in September. It's already a prime contender for awards season consideration not just because of Clooney's involvement, but an ensemble that includes Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Jeffrey Wright. On paper, it's a total Oscar bait film except Clooney doesn't really make Oscar bait films (they just end up thrown into that pool). In fact, Clooney has a potential awards season player with his performance in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" this December. Unless it's an "Ocean's Eleven" film, it's hard for the former winner to escape the Academy's love or attention.
To get your first glimpse of "Ides," check out the trailer embedded below. And no matter what your political persuasion, it's intriguing stuff.
"The Ides of March" debuts on Oct. 7 nationwide.
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