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

Pic’s fall berth is timed for a potential awards push, and to benefit from increased moviegoing among adult auds. Film expands through the holidays to build word-of-mouth, with plans to go wide in January.

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 nabbed U.S. distribution rights to “March” in November, with Exclusive Media Group, headed by co-chairs Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, handling overseas distribution.

Launching on that date in wide release are Paramount’s “Footloose” remake, Summit’s “The Three Musketeers,” with Logan Lerman and Christoph Waltz, “The Thing,” from Universal, and 20th Century Fox’s Jack Black laffer “The Big Year.”

Sony also dated its fifth installment of the Screen Gems “Resident Evil” franchise. Pic bows Sept. 14, 2012.