21/10/2011 03:54 BST | Updated 20/12/2011 05:12 GMT

George Clooney Shows Off New Love Stacy Keibler At London 'The Descendants' Premiere

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney has shown off his latest love on the red carpet.

The Oscar-winning star, 50, walked hand-in-hand with former wrestler Stacy Keibler as they arrived for the UK premiere of his new film The Descendants, the centrepiece gala at the BFI London Film Festival.

His co-star Shailene Woodley, dressed in Dior, director Alexander Payne, wearing a blue suit, and producer Jim Burke also attended the premiere in London's West End.

"The director was the first reason, then the screenplay and the chance to wear Hawaiian shirts with really high pulled-up khakis was the third reason," he said about why he signed up for the film.

He joked: "I learnt not to wear a bright blue suit like the director, and all those Hawaiian shirts."

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The emotional drama, which Clooney describes as a "coming-of-age story for a 50-year-old man", stars the actor-director as father-of-two Matt King, who tries to reconnect with his daughters after his wife falls into a coma.

Woodley, who plays his elder daughter, revealed her screen father was "generous" and "down-to-earth".

Payne said Clooney was the ideal leading man.

"I had heard that George is a director's dream and he really is. He really is what you think he might be," said the director.

Earlier in the day, Clooney had revealed he will focus increasingly on directing, claiming it's become more difficult to find roles as he gets older.

He said on-screen opportunities were drying up as he aged and he needed to look at other outlets.

Clooney has won great acclaim for his directing career, including an Academy Award nomination for Good Night And Good Luck.

Speaking at the BFI London Film Festival he said: "Hopefully, the trend is towards directing more because as we all know, the older you get, the less and less roles there are to play. And I want to be part of this business for a long time. I probably will soon. You get old, so you have to do other things."

His comments echo the sentiments of many actresses who have complained that it becomes harder to find suitable roles as they mature.

His film The Ides Of March - which he also directed, co-wrote and produced - was screened on Wednesday night.

The star, who became famous for playing Doug Ross in medical drama ER, said his four experiences behind the camera had helped hone his performances on screen.

"I've been directing for around 10 years and producing for a while longer, so I now think in terms of what the director needs," he added.

The Descendants opens in cinemas nationwide in January 2012.