George Clooney's 'The Ides of March' to Open Venice Film Festival

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The political drama also stars Ryan Gosling and Paul Giamatti.

George Clooney’s newest directorial offering The Ides of March will open the 68th Venice Film Festival on Aug. 31.

Although the festival has not yet announced its selection, Clooney will bring the political drama to the fest, where he’s been welcomed warmly in the past, sources confirmed. Two years ago, Clooney was there with The Men Who Stare at Goats, in which he starred, and in 2005, he picked up a number of prizes for his Good Night, and Good Luck.

Ides, based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, stars Clooney as a governor with presidential ambitions, Ryan Gosling as his press spokesman and Paul Giamatti as a rival campaign manager. In addition to directing, Clooney wrote the screen adaptation with Grant Heslov and served as one of the producers.

Sony is set to release the film, from Exclusive Media Group, Cross Creek Pictures, Smoke House and Appian Way, stateside Oct. 7. Exclusive, which launched the film at last year’s American Film Market, is handling international.