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Manned with one of the most impressive casts in recent memory, including Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella and Evan Rachel Wood, George Clooney‘s The Ides of March is currently shooting aimed at a late 2011 release. Clooney stars, co-wrote and is directing the film, based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon. Loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary of Howard Dean, the film centers on a young, idealistic press secretary succumbs to the evils and backhanded nature of the political machine. Clooney is the candidate, Gosling is the press secretary and Giamatti is a rival campaign leader. A local Ohio newspaper caught several members of the cast shooting on the campus of Miami University and we’ve got some photos after the jump.

Thanks to The Oxford Press (with a heads up from Coming Soon) for the photos. Head over to that site for 86 total. Here are just a select few.

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The Ides of March is being distributed by Sony with an eye on a December 2011 Oscar qualifying limited release followed by a wider, January 2012 release. You can read more about the film with our extensive prior coverage found here and, just to bring it all home, here’s the plot description of the source material from Wikipedia:

Stephen is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual. Farragut North 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.

With that cast, crew and release date, it seems almost certain that we’ll be discussing The Ides of March come Oscar time next year.

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