Clooney To Direct Gosling In Ides Of March

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October 29, 2010 | 8:00pm EST

George Clooney has signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a big screen adaptation of political Broadway play Farragut North.
The actor and production partner Grant Heslov have teamed with Farragut playwright Beau Willimon to adapt the 2008 drama for the big screen.

The movie version, entitled Ides of March, follows a press spokesman, played by Gosling, who is manipulated by veteran operatives during a political campaign, and seduced by a young intern, played by Evan Rachel Wood.

Clooney will also star in the film, as candidate running in the presidential primary race, while Paul Giamatti will play a rival campaign manager. Marisa Tomei rounds out the cast as a reporter for the New York Times.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in February.

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