‘Ides of March’ Trailer Promises A Smart Political Drama

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:59 pm,

ides of march ryan gosling Ides of March Trailer Promises A Smart Political Drama

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:

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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

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  1. Another Liberal attempt to show how evil certain people in politics are.

    When was the last time Clooney made a profitable movie?

    • And another over-zealous Conservative complaining over every political move. And if you take a look at Clooney’s filmography, you’ll see that a vast majority of his films have been profitable, including his last, 5 films or so.

      • Another blind clone who will slap down money for anything some celebrities puts out regardless of how biased and blatent it tends to be.

        Really, his last 5 films have been profitable, The American, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Leathrheads were all profitable? Might want to check your figures, barely making back what it cost to make is not profitable. A film has to double and in some instances triple what it cost to make to be profitable.

    • right because everyone wants a political movie where everyone is honest and righteous.

      • It would be a change of pace that is for sure, unlike the tired cliche’ hollywood keeps dumping on the public.

    • Up in the Air had a $20 million budget and grossed over $80 million domestically alone, so I’m sure that counts.

      I think including worldwide its total was $150 million

    • Maybe this isn’t what you’re looking for, but personally what I got from the trailer was a movie about cheating at something, and how hard it is to keep your values despite pressure to abandon them. It could be applied to any setting, really, not just a political one. The politics is just the backdrop, not the message.

  2. they over used the fading out of black sooooo much. It was all I could concerntrate on. They really need to sack the guy who made this trailer. I am still non the wiser what it’s all about because the trailer is so un-watchable to me.

  3. I LIKE HOW REALITY IS A TIRED CLICHE .. IF YOU LOOK AT IT AS A FILM. AS DRAMA. AS ISSUES. THERE’S NO BIAS.. THERE’S JUST THE MOVIE. THE FACT THAT POLITICIANS WEDGE IMAGINARY ISSUES BETWEEN US TO GET MONEY AND VOTES IS SAD IN ITSELF. MUCH LIKE REALITY, LOOK PAST THE PETTY NONSENSE (AND THOSE WHO REPRESENT IT) AND LOOK AT THE ISSUES.

    FOR EXAMPLE.. WHY I ALWAYS USE CAPS..
    (BEAT YOU TO IT RANTERS.)

  4. Trailers hosted on Yahoo blow. Slow as hell and will not fully pre-load.

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