After playing a crazed preacher in 'There Will Be Blood,' Paul Dano should have no problem taking on the role of creepy Karl Rove in Richard Linklater's 'College Republicans,' the story of how the young political conservative met Lee Atwater (President Reagan and President George H.W. Bush's "dirty trickster") in the early 1970s before becoming one of the most notorious and Machiavellian political operatives in recent memory as advisor to President George W. Bush. TheWrap has reported that the film is being financed by producer Maya Browne through her Bratt Entertainment. No distribution deal has yet been set. Rove's nickname in the Bush administration? "Turd Blossom." The movie begins shooting in Austin in late November.