Production has finally begun on George Clooney’s upcoming film The Ides of March. Clooney both stars and directs the feature that centers on the hardcore world of politics. Besides himself, the cast also includes Ryan Gosling, who appears in several of the set photos we found on KYpost. Check them out…

The scenes were shot at the Stockyard Bank and Trust in downtown Cincinnati. As you can see Clooney was busy directing the majority of the time with Gosling taking said direction. The Ides of March is based on the play Farragut North, which is set in Des Moines, Iowa, just weeks before the state’s Democratic caucuses officially commence; it follows the exploits of a twenty something presidential campaign spinmeister/wunderkind named Stephen Myers, and the dirty pool he plays to get his candidate the nomination against a rival senator.

As you may have noticed, Gosling stars as the “spinmeister” in question. The role was previously played Chris Pine in the 2009 stage production. Pine was also courted to reprise the part but couldn’t because of scheduling. Other stars of the film include Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

What do you think of the first photos from The Ides of March?