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Posted at 4:07 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Julianne Moore to be Sarah Palin for HBO

By Lisa de Moraes

Julianne Moore. (PRNewsFoto/P&G/Bounty)

Sarah Palin. (Getty Images)

Julianne Moore is going to play Sarah Palin in HBO's new flick about Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.

"Game Change" is based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's 2010 book about the 2008 elections; it follows McCain's presidential bid from the time of his selection of then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, to their defeat in the general election.

The project reunites members of the team behind HBO's flick "Recount" about the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election. Danny Strong, who wrote "Recount," has written the "Game Change" script. And Jay Roach, "Recount" director, also will direct "Game Change."

You may know Moore from her co-starring role in the flick "The Kids are All Right"; she also starred in "A SIngle Man" and "An Ideal Husband." On TV, she played Nancy Donovan -- high school crush of NBC suit Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) -- on NBC's "30 Rock."

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 9, 2011; 4:07 PM ET
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I hope her Alaskan accent is better than the Boston one she used on 30 Rock.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 9, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Meh.

Posted by: coogene | March 9, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I've never much liked Julianne Moore, not for any good reason--she may be a wonderful person and she is an adequate actress--but because she's just not my type, I guess. And now here she is, playing Palin, a politico whom I loathe for many, many reasons.

I don't know how she'll do playing Palin. She really should wear a black moustache, I think, but that's probably not in the script. I'll have to watch it, if only to get in some good hissing-time and to throw popcorn at the screen.

Posted by: klakey1 | March 9, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Not a good match. SP has better looking - and larger - t!ts.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | March 9, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what they had to pay the Sarah Palin corporation, in order to put out the latest bit of phony baloney Palin tripe.

This will officially kill Julianne Moore's career.

Posted by: momof20yo | March 9, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

'Game Change' is gossipy rubbish for Joy Behar fans; Julianne Moore, while a decent actress, isn't nearly pretty enough to portray gorgeous Gov. Sarah Palin; the film is directed by a Roach; and, who watches HBO? Verdict:Flop.

Posted by: bubbasouth | March 9, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Fey should be in this role.

Julianne Moore played a porn star in "Boogie Nights."

Posted by: bs2004 | March 9, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"Break a leg, Julianne," says Tina.

Posted by: LeighOats | March 9, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Tina Fey would have been very interesting in this role.

To answer the question about paying the Palin corporation, they paid zero.

Unless you actually want to hire her to do something, (and this seems to be the only way she'll do anything,) Ms. Gov. Palin is a public figure and we are free to talk, write, make movies, profit from and off of her, her name and even her likeness.

Posted by: thomp | March 9, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Will Ms. Moore be getting a lobotomy and Swiss bank account in order to prepare for her role and stay "in character?"?

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | March 9, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I adore Moore - but the role should have been cast with Tina Fey (no one does Palin better than Fey). No judgements cast at this juncture because I know Moore will do a fantastic job with portrayal of this "nothing" from Alaska. Just don't let her portral influence you with the true Moore.

Posted by: rbsher | March 9, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I adore Moore - but the role should have been cast with Tina Fey (no one does Palin better than Fey). No judgements cast at this juncture because I know Moore will do a fantastic job with portrayal of this "nothing" from Alaska. Just don't let her portral influence you with the true Moore.

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Posted by: zhengeee555 | March 9, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

thomp

Since SP 'trademarked' herself, she expects to get highly paid any time, every time, someone speaks her name. She gets paid more if they seek her out of course, but she still gets paid any time someone uses her name or photo.
She will be demanding to be highly paid for the use of her name.....if she has not already done so.

Posted by: momof20yo | March 9, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps, MoonDoggie, but JM has a larger, and better looking, brain...(and soul)

Posted by: AlRobert8890 | March 9, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

It really should have been julia roberts, she was a believable prostitute

Posted by: chet_brewer | March 9, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? Why would we want a famous actress degrading herself by playing this clown, Sarah Palin? Enough of the fluff news.

Posted by: kerryberger | March 10, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

What some people will do for money. But I guess somebody has to ACT A FOOL.

Posted by: gaboy | March 10, 2011 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh no! Julianne is #1 on my Friends Freebie List. Now if I meet her, and have my laminated card with me, I will have to block out thoughts of Sarah Palin!

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Posted by: LeighOats | March 10, 2011 4:12 AM | Report abuse

If an intelligent woman lie Juliane Moore can pull this off--playing the role of an absolute moron--she certainly will deserve an Emmy.

Posted by: jaxas70 | March 10, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm amazed that there are still people who think Sarah is "gorgeous". To me she looks like a real-life version of Peggy Hill- nothing wrong with that, but not exactly gorgeous. As for Mondoggie- have you ever seen the hooters in question, or are you just fantasizing?

Posted by: justmike | March 10, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

WHY?! WHY??!! WHY???!!! Why must we constantly give media attention to the First Runner Up of Miss Alaska...where's the Winner? SHEESH!

Posted by: AgentE1 | March 10, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

WHY???!!! Because when it comes to politicians she is infinitely more entertaining than, say Orrin Hatch.

Posted by: justmike | March 10, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Why do we need to know anything more about Palin or the sold out, corrupt McCain campaign? Isn't there more than enough Sarah Palin polluting our media already? I don't really care who they cast. The exercise is just stupid.

Posted by: mjoy | March 10, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"Bubbasouth" asks the question: "Who watches HBO?" Perhaps cable service is an obscure amenity to people who don't own HD televisions, but live in the boxes from which they are delivered. This HBO movie will be a howling success, 'you betcha!'

Right under Bubba's comment is one from bs2004, recalling Miss Moore's porn star role in "Boogie Nights". I submit that this casting prepares Moore for an interpretation of part-time governor Palin--who has made a pentacostal pornography out of American politics and whose notions of American Empire (and exceptionalism) have no clothes on at all.

Posted by: woodmack | March 10, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter who they choose to play Palin. The movie will be as inaccurate as Recount with the same liberal spin and claptrap.
The left's psychotic obsession with Palin continues.

Posted by: robtay12003 | March 10, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Charro to play Palin.

Posted by: wheelman | March 10, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Gee - I can hardly wait for the actress' comments about how she now understands $narlah so much better and can see how she's so misunderstood by rational,thinking americans...I used to like the actress.

Posted by: USA4ALL | March 10, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Type casting: one Hollywood airhead playing another Hollywood airhead.

Posted by: rogied25 | March 10, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Julianne Moore a little too patrician to portray Sarah Palin?

Posted by: mrminiver | March 10, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

couldn't they just put lipstick on a pig?

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 10, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What's the buzz about Palin doing a multi-million dollar spread for Playboy?

Posted by: gregnowell | March 10, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

While it would be interesting to see Julianne Moore playing Mama Grizzly, two questions come to mind. 1) Did Tina Fey turn down the role? 2) What was so inspiring about McCain's campaign that makes it filmworthy?

Posted by: manicdrummer | March 10, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

If an intelligent woman like Juliane Moore can pull this off--playing the role of an absolute moron--she certainly will deserve an Emmy.

Posted by: jaxas70 | March 10, 2011 8:57 AM |

Here here! to jaxas70

Juliane Moore seems very inappropriate for the role- but perhaps she just wants to stretch her abilities to the limit to see if she can play the role of a fool, convincingly.

Posted by: dfolk1 | March 10, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Thank heavens there are still plenty of electoral votes in the mid part of this country and even states like Pennsylvania and some others on the east coast to negate the liberal, lock stepping, vitrol spewing commentators found on this blogosphere.

If I were to make a movie of the McCain campaign 2008, I would focus on the dingbats who forced Sarah Palin down John McCain's throat forcing him to choose her over Joe Lieberman who John McCain wanted as running mate, damn them for having destroying John McCain's chance at the White House!

Posted by: jfregus | March 10, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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