Gosling, Clooney Team For “Ides of March”

First said to be in talks a month ago, Ryan Gosling is now confirmed to be starring in a political drama based on Beau Willimon’s Broadway play “Farragut North” reports the trades.

The film has scored a new title, “The Ides of March”, and follows a young, idealistic press spokesman (Gosling) who works for an inspiring, though unorthodox, presidential candidate (George Clooney).

During the campaign, his career is done in by more seasoned politicos who thrive on poisonous partisan politics, dirty tricks and back-stabbing. Willimon loosely based the story on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential election campaign.

Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood have also joined the cast as a rival campaign manager, a New York Times reporter, and a seductive campaign intern respectively.

George Clooney co-wrote the script with Grant Heslov and will both direct and produce the feature which he is independently financing. Shooting kicks off in February in Michigan and Ohio.