Ever since George Clooney made his directorial debut with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, it was evident that he has some serious talent behind the camera. However, he still seems to be directing movies fairly infrequently… once every 3 years, to be precise. His latest directorial effort The Ides of March will premiere at TIFF in September and I have to admit, up until now I had absolutely no idea what it was about. Now that the trailer has gone online, it’s pretty clear that he could be in the running for more Oscars this year as it is a political drama filled with top notch acting talent.
Although the trailer opens on a scene that looks like it could be Up in the Air 2, it soon becomes clear that the film’s lead is actually Ryan Gosling, who plays a campaign press secretary that gets caught up in a scandal just prior to the primaries. Clooney, of course, plays the presidential candidate, Governor Mike Morris, while the supporting cast also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, and Jeffrey Wright. Based on a play by Beau Willimon, there’s not a lot that stands out about this film, but somehow the performances seem like they will carry this thing through. The Ides of March hits theatres on October 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.