George Clooney returns to the director’s chair this October with the political drama The Ides of March whilst no doubt hoping to repeat the critical success of his previous directorial efforts Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002).
The forthcoming film (trailer below) has been adapted from Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North and centres on Ryan Gosling as Stephen Myers, a spokesman assisting the presidential campaign of Clooney’s candidate.
With the race to the White House in full flow, Myers faces a crisis of faith and a moral dilemma which may have major repercussions for Clooney’s candidacy whilst the cleverly Caesar inspired film title hints at the possible events to follow.
Clooney and Gosling (who seems to be in vogue at present) will also share the screen with a stylish supporting cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and the ever excellent Paul Giamatti.
The theme of a young idealist given a shot at the big time and having his own moral code blown away by the realities of the real world is not a new concept to Hollywood nor is the backdrop of the political circus of American electoral campaigns.
Previous notable examinations of the race for President or Senate have included Robert Redford in The Candidate (1972), Jeff Bridges in The Contender (2000) and even Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson slugging it out for the keys to the White House in The Best Man (1964).
Given this, it will be interesting to find out how Clooney provides a new spin (excuse the pun) on an old theme.
Already included in the movie’s preview is the release of a very smart poster combining both lead actors and perhaps commenting on the role of spin doctors and speech writers behind the more visible public persona of the politician.
The Ides of March is released on 28th October 2011.