Imagine the field day cable news is going to have once Clooney’s political drama Ides of March starts picking up steam. Don’t bother noting that he chose to adapt a play that his him portraying a democratic candidate as an unscrupulous power-grabber (actually a stand-in for Howard Dean and his ’04 campaign), as the engineered balance of that choice will be decidedly ignored and all irony blissfully stiff-armed. This is of some concern for me, as I’m forced to experience about a half-hour of that nonsense a day, accumulated across several trips to this office’s nearby kitchen, where a TV perpetually pours out stupid. I can’t wait.

That said, it all may be worth it if Clooney’s film is as interesting as it looks and sounds. Nothing about the stills below is photographically groundbreaking, but I can imagine very much enjoying a cast that include Ryan Gosling, Jeffrey Wright, Phillips Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, and Clooney himself performing political theater and behind-the-scenes maneuvering.

USA has a whole batch of photos they’ve put out, and among them I loved these quotes from Clooney:

“Literally, this could have taken place in a lawyer’s office,” Clooney says. “It’s just more fun in the political arena.”

“Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, the Democrats hate the end. So we’re good.”

Have a look yourself and tell me your mouth doesn’t water for the potential chewy drama of it all (and let us know on twitter, in the comments, or on the boards)…

via JoBlo