Richard Linklater Set to Helm 'Young Republicans' Starring Paul Dano
Last October, it was reported that Shia LaBeouf was looking to star in College Republicans, a film that would tell the story of young Karl Rove (former White House Deputy Chief of Staff) as he vies for the position of chief campus conservative under the guidance of one Lee Atwater (the late, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee) as his campaign manager. At the time LaBeouf was said to be interested in playing Rove in the film, but now The Wrap has learned There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine star Paul Dano has snagged the role, and director Richard Linklater will be directing the film.
It's not clear whether LaBeouf may still be involved, possibly playing Lee Atwater, but at least we know he's not playing Rove. For those conservative minds out there this film likely won't be for you as producer Maya Browne says, "is about when Karl Rove and Lee Atwater first met, which is when Karl Rove ran for president of the College Republicans, and that's when they sort of discovered dirty tricks. It's interesting to see them take that journey together." That doesn't sound like the future high profile politicians will be painted with a friendly brush, but that's what everyone thought about Oliver Stone's Nixon too, and that turned out to be a very sympathetic and fair look at the late president. Either way, the project sounds quite interesting, especially with Linklater at the helm.