Truth: When George Clooney takes on a political project, people watch and listen, and then awards get handed out. “Good Night and Good Luck,” “Syriana” and “Michael Clayton” are all evidence of this associative trend, and there is rife speculation that “Ides of March,” will follow suit.
Based on the play “Farragut North” in which Chris Noth and Chris Pine starred with Olivia Thirlby and “The Wire’s” Isiah Whitlock Jr, the rumors surrounding Clooney’s adaptation for the screen were initially that it would star Leonardo DiCaprio in the role eventually occupied by Ryan Gosling.
Gosling and star/director Clooney are supported by Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood and Paul Giamatti.
Slated to open the Venice Film Festival, from where it will travel to the Toronto International Film Festival and then to its Oscar qualifying circuit in the US, Sony released the “Ides of March” trailer to press.
And, we’ve got to admit, it looks good.