This Just In: Woody Harrelson Joins HBO's McCain/Palin-Themed Pic Game Change

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Woody Harrelson is hitting the campaign trail for HBO. The two-time Oscar nominee has joined the cast of Game Change, the pay cabler’s upcoming original movie chronicling John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Harrelson will play Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and advisor. As previously reported, Ed Harris and Julianne Moore are set to star as McCain and Palin respectively.

Based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s bestselling book of the same name, the film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong. The dup previously collaborated on HBO’s Emmy-winning pic Recount.

Comments (7)

  • I thought Game Change (the book) was more about John Edwards but maybe I’m mistaken. Not that it matters, most politically driven films turn out to be crap anyways.

    Comment by Nerwen Aldarion – March 25, 2011 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Game Change is actually mostly about the relationship between Obama and Clinton and how that changes during the 2008 election race. Several of the chapters are devoted to the Edwards debacle. To a lesser extent it covers McCain-Palin but it’s 60% about Obama-Clinton.

      Comment by Maricela – March 27, 2011 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With his maturation as an actor – did he drop the ‘Y’ from his name to seem more professional?

    Comment by Bob – March 25, 2011 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The book is about the entire 2008 presidential election, including both parties’ primaries. The Republican chapters does focus on McCain/Palin, but at least the first half of the book is on Obama/Clinton/Edwards. I’ll be disappointed if they’re only choosing to cover a handful of chapters.

    Comment by T – March 25, 2011 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, the best parts of the book were the Dem primary parts, but all the juicy tidbits came from those following Palin, so i see what they are trying to do.

      Comment by MST3K – March 25, 2011 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I never read the book. If it focuses on McCain/Palin, I am curious as to why they would pick left-winger actors for the project. Obviously they don’t care what they do, as long as they get a paycheck.

    Comment by HedyS – March 26, 2011 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They don’t give any thought to actors’ personal political leanings when casting roles, any more than any other employer worries about the opinions of those they hire. Besides, they would have great difficulty hiring right-wing actors to play right-wing roles, because there aren’t very many right-wing actors, and almost all of them are older white males. I don’t think Tom Selleck would make a very good Sarah Palin.

      Comment by Tego Livi – March 28, 2011 05:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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