“The Ides of March”
Oscar®- and Golden Globe-nominated writer-director George Clooney has assembled the leading actors of our generation to star in this riveting thriller. The cast has received a combined 13 Academy Award® nominations, 3 Academy Awards®, 23 Golden Globe nominations and 6 Golden Globe Awards.
With sharp, quick-witted dialogue and set against the spectacle of modern world power and politics, The Ides of March is an intense tale of sex, ambition, loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The film follows a young press spokesman who falls prey to backroom politics, the treacherous manipulations of veteran operatives and seduction by a young intern.
In the film, George Clooney plays Governor Morris, a candidate running in the presidential primary race for the Democratic Party ticket. Ryan Gosling plays his press spokesman, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays his campaign manager, Paul Giamatti plays a rival campaign manager, Marisa Tomei plays a reporter for the New York Times, Evan Rachel Wood plays an intern for the Morris campaign, Jeffrey Wright plays a key senator, and Max Minghella plays Ben Harper, a campaign worker for Morris.
Columbia Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures present, in association with Exclusive Media Group and Crystal City Entertainment, a Smokehouse / Appian Way production, The Ides of March. The film stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella, and Evan Rachel Wood. Directed by George Clooney. Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon. The film is produced by Heslov and Clooney and Brian Oliver. Executive producers are Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Pevner, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, Todd Thompson, Nina Wolarsky, Jennifer Killoran, and Barbara A. Hall. The Director of Photography is Phedon Papamichael, ASC. The Production Designer is Sharon Seymour. The Editor is Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. The Costume Designer is Louise Frogley. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Music Supervisor is Linda Cohen. Casting is by Ellen Chenoweth. Credits are not final.
The Ides of March has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for Pervasive Language. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on October 7, 2011.
About the FILM
“I would call this movie a political thriller. I wouldn’t think of it necessarily as a political movie,” says George Clooney, who directs, produces, co-writes, and stars in The Ides of March. As it focuses more on process than platform, Clooney says that the story will appeal to members of both parties. “I suppose if you’re a Democrat you’ll like the beginning of the movie best, and if you’re a Republican you’ll like the end best. It walks that line of picking on everybody. If it is a political movie, it’s a political movie without pressing a specific agenda, and that was what was important to us.” In that way, politics serves as a backdrop to the character arc and changes in motivation experienced by the main character, an idealistic staffer Stephen Meyers (played by Ryan Gosling).
In The Ides of March, Meyers finds his idealism and belief in his man taking a back seat to backroom political dealing and manipulative power plays. The origins of the film trace back to the summer of 2004. It was then that Beau Willimon – a young writer who had recently finished working on the staff of presidential hopeful Howard Dean’s campaign in Iowa – wrote the first draft of his play “Farragut North.” Willimon drew from his own experiences to weave this tale of political intrigue and betrayal behind the scenes of a presidential campaign.