George Clooney set to direct Ryan Gosling in `The Ides of March’

Updated: Oct 31, 2010, 09:56 AM IST

London: Hollywood star George Clooney has signed on to star and direct actor Ryan Gosling in `The Ides of March’, an `intense tale of sex, ambition, loyalty, betrayal and revenge,` based on the Broadway play `Farragut North`.

Clooney and production partner Grant Heslov have collaborated with `Farragut` playwright Beau Willimon to adapt the 2008 political drama for the big screen, a website reported.

The movie version follows a press spokesman, played by `Notebook` star Gosling, who is manipulated by veteran operatives during a US political campaign and seduced by a young intern, to be played by Evan Rachel Wood.

Clooney, 46, will star in the film as a candidate running in the presidential primary race, while Paul Giamatti will play a rival campaign manager. Meanwhile, Marisa Tomei will enact the role of a reporter for the New York Times.

The shooting is scheduled to begin next year in February.