Clooney’s Ides to open Venice Film Festival

The film, based on the Beau Willimon play Faragut North, has been a passion project of Clooney’s for over four years.

The project chronicles Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race and stars Clooney as a politician caught up in a scandal.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood are all featured in the film, which Clooney has also directed.