There have been plenty of actors who have moved behind the camera over the years, but very few have managed to create a truly compelling body of directing work while still maintaining an active and healthy acting carreer. George Clooney is one of those people. (Amazingly enough, so is Ben Affleck.)
I love all of Clooney's directing work, particularly Goodnight And Good Luck. (Even the much maligned Leatherheads works on some level.) Not content with using satellite imagery to uncover mass graves, Clooney's next, The Ides Of March, looks to put Clooney back in the political arena. The screenplay by Clooney and Grant Heslov (based on Beau Willimon's hit play Farragut North) spins the tale of a popular presidential candidate (Clooney) and the young press sectretary (Ryan Gosling) who may or may not betray him. As per usual, Clooney has assembled a helluva cast, including Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright, just to name a few. More importantly, this film looks like a smart and mature political thriller, which feels like a refreshing change of pace in the wake of yesterday's Battleship non-starter. Also, how freakin' cool is that poster image?
Check out the trailer below. And for those who might think ththe movie will turn into two hours of preaching by the very-politically-active Clooney, have no fear. According to Clooney himself, "Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, the Democrats hate the end. So we're good."