While George Clooney has said he'll never run for office, that doesn't preclude him from seeking the White House on film. What may stop him in that alternate reality, though, is a secret Ryan Gosling is carrying like a ticking time bomb.
Following the poster release on Wednesday, the first trailer for "The Ides of March," the political thriller co-written, directed by and starring George Clooney, has hit the web, and it promises an intense tale of interpersonal drama against a backdrop of the national stage.
Clooney stars as an idealist governor running for president, and Gosling as his whiz kid media strategist. They're a perfect team -- until Paul Giamatti gets in the way. Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film will premiere at the end of August at the Venice Film Fest, and should get plenty of buzz when Oscar season comes round.WATCH: