It has been revealed that Julianne Moore will play controversial former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin in an upcoming film, titled Game Change.
Game Change is based on the best-selling book of the same name by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, which documents the events which took place during the run up to the 2008 United States presidential election.
Although we all know how this story ends, exploits such as John Edwards’ extramarital affair, as well as Barack Obama‘s relationship with running mate Joe Biden, not to mention Sarah Palin’s foot-in-mouth vice-president candidacy, should make for compelling viewing.
The book was based on interviews with more than three-hundred people who were involved in the campaign in some way, and provoked some interesting reactions when it was first published. Writer-turned-actor Danny Strong is penning the script, having previously written the script for Recount – a 2008 made-for-TV film about the contested and divisive 2000 presidential election which took President George W. Bush to power by a hair’s breadth.
Recount director Jay Roach will also be reuniting with Strong to direct Game Change, despite being better know for his direction of comedies such as the Austin Powers films and Meet the Parents.
Palin has perhaps been most famously (and satirically) portrayed by actress and comedienne Tina Fey, with whom Moore has co-starred in a number of guest appearances on Fey’s NBC comedy series, 30 Rock. Moore most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed film, The Kids Are All Right, for which she was nominated for both a BAFTA and Golden Globe award. She is also a liberal activist, who backed Obama in the 2008 election.
Other prominent roles, such as Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton, are yet to be cast, but we’ll keep you posted!