Adam Markovitz
October 28, 2010 AT 12:04 PM EDT

George Clooney will direct and star in The Ides of March, an adaptation of the 2008 Broadway play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, reports Variety. Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood have been cast in the drama, which focuses on a political press spokesman (Gosling) who works for a Democratic presidential candidate (Clooney) and tangles with a rival campaign manage (Giamatti), a reporter (Tomei) and an alluring intern (Wood). Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov wrote the screenplay with help from Willimon.

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