Thursday, April 18, 2024

Republican Icons Karl Rove, Lee Atwater to Get Torched in “Young Americans” With Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe


Republican icons Karl Rove ( whom I think of as Dr. Evil) and Lee Atwater (who was a nice guy actually despite his politics) are about to be preserved for history in a new a movie called “Young Americans” starring Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, one of my pics for hottest up and coming actor. The lovely Amanda Seyfried co-stars. John Krokidas (“Kill Your Darlings,” which also starred Radcliffe and DeHaan) is directing from a sought after script by Wes Jones.

When they were college kids, Rove and Atwater apparently took a road trip in the South causing political mayhem. From the press release:

YOUNG AMERICANS is a buddy movie about two college students on a cross-country road trip, tarnishing the American dream one state at a time. Based on true events from the 70’s, the story finds a straight-laced and ambitious student, KARL ROVE (Dane Dehaan), running for the head of the College Republicans under the guidance of the free-wheeling LEE ATWATER (Daniel Radcliffe), who takes Karl on a wild road-trip through the South all the way to the White House in a crash course of dirty tricks and politics. The trip becomes more exciting and complicated for the guys when they meet KATE KING (Amanda Seyfried), a young political femme fatale who secretly threatens to beat the boys at their own game.

I don’t know what Rove– who is capable 0f anything– and Atwater, who is beloved since his untimely death in 1991 at age 40, did on that trip. But this movie will be an instant hot button in political circles. I’m surprised Rove hasn’t tried to stop it or undermine it yet. Hold on, because this is going to be interesting. StarStream Media and XYZ Films will be selling the film in Cannes at the Marche to international buyers. Thank goodness you need a special pass to get in there.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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