Julianne Moore to Play Sarah Palin for HBO

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Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin? Youbetcha!

The four-time Oscar nominee will play the former Alaska governor in Game Change, an HBO original film based on the best-selling book of the same name and depicting John McCain’s 2008 run for the White House.

Known primarily for her feature film work (she was part of the cast of the Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right), Moore’s most recent TV role was an arc on 30 Rock, playing an old girlfriend of Jack’s. She also was heavily yet unsuccessfully courted by NBC to front the network’s aadaptation of the U.K.’s Prime Suspect; Maria Bello ultimately was tapped to follow in Helen Mirren’s footsteps.

Game Change will be directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, the duo behind HBO’s Emmy-winning Recount.

No other casting was announced by HBO, so we turn it over to you: Who is your John McCain?



Comments (22)

  • Isnt it obvious? Kirk Douglas

    Comment by lambseecow – March 9, 2011 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Should have gone with Erica Durance. Just sayin’.

    Comment by Scott – March 9, 2011 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Haha! Smallville reference :P NICE!

      Comment by Ryan – March 9, 2011 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But you see it right? Just look at any scene with Erica in a suit and glasses and it’s staring you in the face.

        Comment by Scott – March 9, 2011 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Scott, the essences are scary between the two women. Erica is able to bring to life the most likeable parts of Sarah.

      I was wondering if anyone else had noticed the Durance/Palin similarities.

      I’m glad she’s not playing it though; it could be a career killer a la Faye Dunaway and Joan Crawford.

      Comment by Michael – March 9, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ooh, good point. Didn’t think about that.

        Comment by Scott – March 9, 2011 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Morgan Freeman for the role of McCain.

    Comment by Brian – March 9, 2011 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As for McCain. Michael Hogan. If that doesn’t happen this casting director should never be hired again! :)

    Comment by Scott – March 9, 2011 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So true! Would love to see that. Hogan even has the right sort of voice for it. And I totally remember seeing some Col. Tigh/McCain mash-up signatures a few years back.

      Comment by DL – March 9, 2011 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope she does a better job of stupid than she does of Boston accent.

    Comment by John Berggren – March 9, 2011 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You beat me to it! I was gonna say the same thing :)

      Comment by George – March 9, 2011 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My furreal pick to play McCain: Ryan Cutrona (who played Betty’s dad on Mad Men).

    Comment by 4F – March 9, 2011 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as she does a convincing accent, it’s fine. I mean, could anyone stand her Boston accent on 30 Rock?

    Comment by Maddie – March 9, 2011 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Can anyone stand the Boston accent in general?? (ducks for cover) Seriously, try sitting through “The Town” (unless Ben Affleck’s acting gets you first).

      Comment by TvTroz – March 9, 2011 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was going to suggest Richard Dreyfus…again, but I did not consider Michael Hogan. That’s a damn good idea, Scott.

    Comment by Malcolm Johnson – March 9, 2011 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Julianne Moore as Palin gets me excited, but I feel like the best part of this story is that Jay Roach/Danny Strong are doing the movie. Recount was unbelievable. For someone not all that interested in politics, I was riveted the entire time.

    Comment by Josh – March 9, 2011 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • God, why does Moore, who is a great actress, generally pick such crappy movies? It’s like every 10th movie she manages to find something where the script doesn’t suck. The rest are almost straight to DVD quality.

    Comment by Marty – March 9, 2011 09:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Hogan for McCain. No one else will do.

    Comment by Joe – March 9, 2011 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe Richard Dreyfuss as John McCain, but Ilm not quite sure who I’d favor otherwise.

    Comment by Eric – March 10, 2011 04:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kevin Tighe

    Comment by Joshua Reid – March 12, 2011 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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