Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change, while Ed Harris plays running-mate John McCain, Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) plays Bristol Palin, Larry Sullivan plays Palin’s deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards and Jamey Sheridan plays McCain’s speechwriter/campaign advisor Mark Salter (complete photo mash-up below, actors in said order on the right).
Shooting on the film begins today, with Jay Roach (Dinner for Schmucks, Meet the Parents, Austin Powers) directing a screenplay from actor-writer Danny Strong (adapted from Mark Halperin’s book). Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producers [THR, THR].
Reviews of Halperin’s book also below. And in case you’re wondering what Sarah Palin’s response was to the White House releasing Obama birth certificate this morning, here you go:
@SarahPalinUSA: Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don’t let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?
Among the reviews for Halperin’s book:
“The authors of Game Change succeed in creating a plausible account of the emotional tumult of the 2008 campaign as it might have been—perhaps even was—experienced by the candidates, their spouses, and their staffs.” (Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker)
“An amazing piece of work…One of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22…An absolutely gripping read…they can write.” (Clive Crook, The Financial Times)
“Riveting…Its pages brim with scandalous tidbits…This is a must-read for anyone interested in the cutthroat backroom hows and whys of a presidential campaign…And it doesn’t hurt that Game Change reads more bodice-ripper than Beltway.” (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly)
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