First Look at Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in HBO’s GAME CHANGE; Peter MacNicol, Sarah Paulson and More Join Cast

     April 27, 2011


We just had Ron Livingston join the cast of HBO’s political drama film Game Change, but now we have a few new cast members and our first look at another cast member in full wardrobe as a familiar vice presidential candidate. As you can see, that’s Julianne Moore all dressed up as John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin. As for our new cast members, Deadline reports Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), Peter MacNicol (24) and Justin Gaston (The Escapee) have joined the cast while THR reports Larry Sullivan (CSI), Jamey Sheridan (Trauma) and Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) will also star in the film. See the full photo of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin after the jump along with a brief synopsis of the film and details on our new cast members’ characters.


The resemblance in the photo provided by THR is so uncanny that it looks like if their fingers touched, the world just might end. Of course, it will be interesting to see if she has Palin’s trademark, spunky vocal inflection downpat. It probably won’t be as embellished as Tina Fey’s impression on Saturday Night Live, but it should certainly be something to behold as the real-life Palin has become a larger-than-life character on her own. Directed by Jay Roach (who delivered Recount for HBO previously), the film dives into politics again, but this time follows John McCain’s (Ed Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election.

As for the new cast members, Paulson will play McCain’s senior campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace, described as attractive, wholesome, California-bred, smart, focused and an ambitious political writer and communications chief who worked for Jeb Bush and then McCain. Meanwhile MacNicol will play McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis, who oversaw the development and implementation of all campaign strategy and policy development. Farman will play Palin’s daughter Bristol Palin while Gaston will play Levi Johnston, the boy who fathered the teenager’s baby. Finally, Sullivan will play Sarah Palin’s deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards with Sheridan taking the role of John McCain’s speechwriter and senior campaign advisor Mark Salter. Whew, I’m not sure there’s anything we don’t know about this project by now.