George Clooney’s new movie, “Ides of March”, will be shooting in Ann Arbor – on U of M’s very own campus – in, coincidentally, March. The week of March 14th to be specific. Even more coincidental? March 15th is the Roman Ides of March. I have no idea if that was on purpose but it is almost as great as when the terrible The Omen came out on 6/6/06.
Regardless, Clooney (and Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood, let’s not forget) wants you to be an extra in the movie. Well, they actually want anyone ready and able to commit to up to a 12 hour weekday of being on the set during the week of March 14th. If that’s you, e-mail your name, age, height, weight, phone number and one or two recent photos to IoMExtras@gmail.com with “March Volunteer” in the subject line. You can also visit Ryan Hill Casting for more information and updates.
But what, pray tell, is this movie even about? Julius Caesar and his assassination on the Ides of March? No, they are just going for some political commentary with that one, having changed it from the name of a Red line station in DC’s lobbyist district.But I predict some betrayal in this script with a title like that. It is really about a “wunderkind” press secretary (Gosling) who gets caught up in the shady world of back-room politics, particularly those of the newbie presidential candidate (Clooney) he works for. Based on the Beau Willimon’s play (which in turn was based on Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign), it 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.”
Sounds intriguing to me.