Whenever George Clooney gets behind the camera, the results are always memorable – even if not, per se, in a good way (see: Leatherheads). Hence the excitement for his latest directorial effort, The Ides of March, which also stars the Oscar-winner as a governor aspiring to become the next president of the United States.

However, as the Ides of March trailer makes all too clear, the real star of the film is Ryan Gosling, who plays Clooney’s idealistic press spokesman. Needless to say, he is quickly schooled in the ways of dirty politics.

Gosling co-headlines the film as Stephen Myers, a political wunderkind who gets in over his head while working for Democratic candidate Mike Morris (Clooney) during the Iowa primary caucus. Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman costars as one of Morris’ staff heads, while Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti plays the spokesman for a rival campaign. Rounding out the cast are the likes of Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella, Evan Rachel Wood as a young intern who has a tryst with Myers, and Marisa Tomei as a shrewd investigative reporter.

Ides of March is based on Beau Willimon’s acclaimed off-Broadway play, Farragut North, which was inspired by the playwright’s experiences working on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Willimon’s experiences undoubtedly imbued his play with a stronger sense of authenticity, and it shows in this early footage from Clooney’s film adaptation.

Check out the Ides of March trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

Much like Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck, Ides of March looks to be a sharply written, dialogue-driven picture that retains much of Willimon’s original prose. That can be a dangerous approach when it comes to adapting plays that are more theatrical in style, but Farragut North is a more naturalistic work that lends itself to a realistic movie adaptation. Having great actors like Gosling, Clooney, Hoffman, Giamatti, and Tomei (who continues to earn that Oscar she won for My Cousin Vinny) bringing the various characters in Ides of March to life certainly doesn’t hurt either.

On that note – check out the official poster for the film below:

Both Gosling and Clooney look to round out 2011 on multiple high notes. The former should earn a fair amount of attention come awards season for his noticeably different turns in Ides of March and Nicolas Wending Refn’s Noir flick, Drive, while Clooney will also be starring in director Alexander Payne’s The Descendants this winter. Judging by that film’s trailer, it could very well be the project that finally lands the onetime E.R. heartthrob (and, yes, former Batman) the Best Actor Oscar he’s been denied up to now.

The Ides of March will be released in U.S. theaters on October 7th, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies