One of the most star powered movies coming out this Fall is George Clooney’s The Ides of March. Among the film’s cast are Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright. Clooney, Hoffman, and Giamatti are among the most dynamic actors currently working (more specifically the latter two) and they have proven the ability to reinvent themselves for role after role. On top of the fabulous cast, the film also has an incredible creative team including co-writer Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck), composer Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech), Editor Stephen Mirrione (Traffic), and Clooney himself at the helm.
The film will premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival and it was recently announced as a selection for the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The film will live or die during its festival run where we will find out if it is a crowd-pleaser and Awards contender, a critical darling, or an effort that will soon be forgotten.
An official trailer for The Ides of March premiered today on Yahoo! Movies where we get a better feel for the tone of Clooney’s film. Like Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck the film seems to have a serio-comic tone with more humor at the beginning and drama towards the end. There seems to be less improvised and overlapping dialogue than in Good Night, and Good Luck but all of the performances look strong. Giamatti, Hoffman, and Gosling seem like the more showy roles and Clooney looks more restrained.
In the film Clooney plays a presidential candidate and Gosling plays an eager staffer who is helping run the campaign. Giamatti plays a spokesperson for the other side who approaches Gosling’s character and convinces him to switch political sides. Questions about loyalty are raised as Gosling wrestles with the decision to reveal secrets about his former candidate of choice.
Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
The Ides of March will open in the U.S. on October 7, 2011.