As a director, George Clooney has demonstrated he has a knack for the slow-burning drama. His films are confidently shot, even if they lack an auteur’s flair. Which is fine. Sometimes you need a satisfying roast beef sandwich instead of the filet mignon.
With Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Leatherheads, and Good Night, and Good Luck under his belt, he’s just a few good films away from joining the Clint Eastwood club of accomplished actors with accomplished directorial careers (don’t be surprised if Ben Affleck joins this club in a few years). It wouldn’t be surprising if in a decade Clooney is strictly a director who makes the occasional acting spot.
This is how a trailer is done. It’s intriguing enough to make you want to watch the movie, but it doesn’t really reveal a whole lot. Take notes, Hollywood.
The play itself sounds perfect for these Anthony Weiner times we live in: “Stephen is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual. Farragut North is a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape – about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.”
The film boasts an impressive cast, including Clooney as a presidential candidate, Ryan Gosling as the wunderkind, plus Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood.
The movie will premiere on August 31st at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The film’s wide release is slated for October 14th, 2011.