You know you're smelling Oscar bait profusely when you have a film that's crowded with a cast that sees Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, and George Clooney.
Oh, did I forget to mention that it's directed and co-written by Clooney himself too?
After you add Executive Producer Leonardo di Caprio and original music composer Alexandre Desplat into the production, you know this is one big bang on the doors of award season later this year. Venice Film Festival has embraced Clooney's film and just announced it as the opening film for the Venezia 68 main competition section. We all know how well he is loved in Italy, he has a villa in Lake Como and his previous film The American by Anton Corbijn could also be seen as one that promotes tourism in Italy.
Without going further, do have a look at the trailer of The Ides of March below.
The Ides of March is slated for an October 2011 release in the US.
(Trailer source: Yahoo! Movies)