EXCLUSIVE: The road trip movie about future Republican Party strategists Karl Rove and Lee Atwater is ready to hit the road this fall, now that it has a full tank of gas. StarStream Media has committed to finance and produce Young Americans, a Black Listed Wes Jones-scripted film that reunites Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas with Daniel Radcliffe (who’ll play Atwater) and Dane DeHaan (who’ll play Rove). Amanda Seyfried has also been set to star in the film. Bruce Cohen is producing with Destro Films’ Liz Destro, StarStream Media’s Kim Leadford and Frank Frattaroli of Circle of Confusion. XYZ Films will sell the film at Cannes. Production begins in the fall and is the third collaboration between StarStream and XYZ, who in the past made Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers and Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth.
Based on true events from the ’70s, Radclilffe and DeHaan play two ambitious college students on a cross-country road trip who, during the course of this buddy movie, tarnish the American dream one state at a time. Rove was the straitlaced and ambitious student who was running for the head of the College Republicans under the guidance of the free-wheeling Atwater. The latter took Rove on a wild road-trip through the South all the way to the White House in a crash course of dirty tricks and politics. Seyfried plays Kate King, a young political femme fatale they meet along the way who secretly threatens to beat the boys at their own game. Ken Freimann, Jones, and Krokidas are exec producers.
“Everybody at StarStream Media and Destro Films are excited to finally be making this movie. We have been trying to get this script since it won the Black List in 2010 and thanks to the incredible team who kept this film alive (Bruce Cohen, Rena Ronson, Wes Jones and John Krokidas), we have the pleasure of working with Krokidas and DP, Reed Morano,” said StarStream Media CEO Kim Leadford. “We loved their 1940s aesthetic in Kill Your Darlings, and look forward to watching them build the look of the 70s; which is one of the coolest eras, in my opinion.”
UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and will be representing North America.