Clooney Comes Home

Jan 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

As you've no doubt heard by now, a portion of George Clooney's next directorial effort will be shot in and around the Cincinnati area.

Based on writer Beau Willimon's stage play Farragut North, Ides of March features Clooney, who co-wrote the screen adaption with partner Grant Heslov, as a “Howard Dean-type governor” who's trying to win the Democratic nomination for president.—-

While there's no word if Clooney's candidate will melt down a la Dean, I was able to track down this synopsis:

In the frantic last days before the heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself in charge of covering up a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. Surrounded by scheming rival campaigners and reporters bent on shedding light on the truth at all costs, he quickly drops his idealistic outlook and resorts to backroom politics in order to prevent his candidate’s campaign from derailing.

The press secretary will be played by Ryan Gosling, who's quickly becoming (if he's not already) one the best actors on the planet. In fact, his breakthrough as a skinhead in 2001's The Believer remains one of the most compelling and memorable of the new millennium. More proof of the guy's boundless talent can be found in Blue Valentine, which will open here sometime this month.

The impressive supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei as a New York Times political reporter; Paul Giamatti as a rival campaign manager; Evan Rachel Wood as a campaign intern; Philip Seymour Hoffman; Jeffrey Wright; and Max Minghella.

Word is that the production will be using Memorial Hall, the ornate century-old downtown landmark next to Music Hall, and Lunken Airport as locations. Filming is set to start here in late February and continue into early March before finishing up Michigan.

If Clooney's directorial track record is any indication, let's hope Ides of March is a return to Good Night, and Good Luck form after the amusing but lightweight lark that was Leatherheads. Then there's his admirably obtuse and mysterious — like its central character Chuck Barris — but ultimately flawed directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Oh, and how about this: The production has asked to use CityBeat as a prop in the movie.