Ides of March: Directed by and Starring George Clooney

Sony has dated George Clooney’s adaptation of political thriller “The Ides of March,” set for limited release on October 14, 2011.

The release date is timed for a potential awards push, and to benefit from increased moviegoing among adult viewers.  The film will expand through the holidays to build word-of-mouth, with plans to go wide in January 2012.

Clooney directs from a script he co-wrote with Grand Heslov. He also stars in the film, based on Broadway play “Farragut North,” about a young press spokesman, played by Ryan Gosling, who falls prey to backroom politics. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood are also starring.

Sony got the U.S. distribution rights to “The Ides March” in November.