Shia LaBeouf Wants To Play Karl Rove In College Republicans

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-10-08 18:17:10discussion comments
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Now that he's taken a role in a semi-serious movie like Wall Street 2, it appears that Shia LaBeouf is finally ready to get serious about acting - let's face it, he's not going to win an Oscar for Transformers. Looking for a way to breakthrough in that department, he may have found his opening in the mastermind behind the Bush administration.

The LA Times reports that LaBeouf has taken a serious interest in College Republicans, a script predicted to land high on this year's Blacklist (the year's best unproduced screenplays). Written by Wes Jones, the actor is particularly interested in the role of Karl Rove, who, in the film, is trying to become "chief campus conservative" under the tutelage of his campaign manager, Lee Atwater. Though there is no director set for the project yet, Richard Linklater has expressed interest.

Here's the problem with casting Shia LaBeouf in a comedy: we have no idea if he's actually funny. While his career got kick-started by being on the Disney Channel's Even Stevens, LaBeouf has almost exclusively done dramas and action films, from Disturbia to Eagle Eye. Of course, if the script is well written, it could very well make him seem funny, which, by Hollywood standards, is typically good enough.
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