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Julianne Moore to Portray Sarah Palin in ‘Game Change’ Movie

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By Doug Powers  •  March 10, 2011 04:32 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

This will be a rare treat. It isn’t every day that we get a chance to see a movie partly about the political right from the perspective of the Hollywood left:

Four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore has been cast as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in HBO’s upcoming film, Game Change.

HBO Films and Everyman Pictures’ Game Change follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from his controversial selection of Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election.

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the film will be directed by Jay Roach, with a script by Danny Strong.

There hasn’t been a more daring casting stretch since Oliver Stone cast Josh Brolin to play Bush in the slapstick comedy W.

Surprisingly, the script writer is a conservative. Just kidding, he’s an Obama man (I guess Aaron Sorkin was busy). Julianne Moore’s a Democrat too, as is Director Jay Roach.

I can see a hatchet job from my house. Okay, maybe that’s not fair to just assume… but here’s one possible exchange from the book that is a safe bet to make the cut:

The Huffington Post quotes one story from the book [...]: “McCain adviser Steve Schmidt was quoted as telling Palin’s foreign policy advisers that, after testing the candidate before a debate, ‘You guys have a lot of work to do. She doesn’t know anything.’”

According to HBO, the parts of Obama, the Clintons and McCain haven’t been decided.

I heard that the role of McCain was offered to a Hollywood Republican, but in the spirit of bipartisanship he insisted that a Democrat take the part instead. Darned method actors.

**Written by Doug Powers

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