Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin … it’s scary

A new teaser trailer for the HBO political drama, Game Change has been released, featuring a frighteningly convincing Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore.

Julianne Moore as sarah palin ... it's uncanny!

There are only two women in the world who I could imagine playing Sarah Palin: Tina Fey has already spoofed her, and Julianne Moore. The latter got the job in the HBO political drama, and the trailer has hit us with a striking image.

The film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and follows the 2008 election campaign. With Obama picking up mass support, the Republicans need to come up with a “game changer” of their own. This takes the form of Sarah Palin.

It is a frightening thought, I grant you, that we might even have to watch someone else be Sarah Palin. The real one is enough, but we have to give kudos to Moore. She’s got Palin’s parched vocals down to a tee in the brief clip, and a double kudos needs to be given to the hair, make-up and wardrobe departments who gave her a convincing makeover.

The trailer has hit just as More4 gets ready to air the latest Nick Broomfield documentary. Sarah Palin: You Betcha, chronicles the documentary filmmaker’s attempt to interview Palin, and his subsequent failure to do so. Initially getting a positive “You betcha!” from the ‘hockey mom’, she and the family catch on to his intention quickly, and the result is an amusing look at Broomfield’s masochistic tendency to put his foot where it ought not be.

“I didn’t know that much about her,” Broomfield said of his attempt to woo the Republican nominee into an interview. During the elections “I don’t think she’d revealed just how horrible she could really be. To that extent I think I had a fairly open mind.”

It is unclear whether Game Change, directed by Jay Roach and co-starring Ed Harris as McCain and Woody Harrelson as a senior campaign strategist, will be shown in theatre’s  outside the US, after its premiere in March 2012 on HBO.

UK viewers can catch Sarah Palin: You Betcha though on More4 on the 27th December 2011.

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