Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin in HBO's 'Game Change'
March 9th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin in HBO's 'Game Change'

Julianne Moore playing Sarah Palin? You 'betcha.

CNN has confirmed that the actress will portray the polarizing politician in HBO Film's "Game Change."

According to a statement, the movie is based on the 2010 book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and follows John McCain's presidential campaign from the moment he selected Palin as his running mate to their defeat in the general election.

Danny Strong wrote the script and Jay Roach is serving as director; the two previously worked together on HBO's 2008 movie,  "Recount."

Of course, we gotta ask: Who should play McCain?

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  1. kb

    Abe Vigoda as McCain.

    So 'lifelike'.

    March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nailin palin

    Let's do some butt slammin!! Time to rock the pooper. Come meet my good friend Ben...Ben Dover. I iz gonna rock your world ms palin. Get that pretty booty all shined up for mr disco stick!!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. *josh vigil

    Boycott HBO ... why would anyone give anymoe time to this divisive idiot. "A Polarizing politician". Is not a good thing. the last thing we need to do is give another rhetoric filled propaganist more airtime. Ignore her and the money and she will eventually go away.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hill Bill

    I am hill bill and my favorite thrill is to pop a pill and ram some shrill. I iz gonna hook up with Allison...I want to pound her into submission! I really need to grab dat booty and make things happen...if we can bang soon it will be slammin'. Let's rock this thang!!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GregHouse

    Yeah, I wish I was da dude in "Nailin Palin". I really wanna ram dat gal in da pooper. She is gonna be beggin me for more cause I am da real deal. My package is da disco stick that she will be rockin soon. Sorry Todd, u will be out of the picture soon!!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Really?

    Really? Yeah, I am truly a fruit. I love to take it right in da poop shoot! My faith tells me not to lie, but I had to give up da pie. I decided to become a pillow biter...after always gettin turned down by chubbies – yeah I was lighter. But hey...what can u do when u like da goo. I am in love with dudes and no, I aint no prude!!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Allison Gill

    I love to rap although it sounds like crap. I am a lez but I also says... dat a dude can try thee and even butt slam me!! I want to get it on and I will pull out the -pon. Let's get bizy and it will make me dizzy. I'll ride that disco stick till it makes me sick. Yeah!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Allison Gill the shrill

    Didn't mean to pull my previous posts off the board. I actually like to be a fool!! Bend me over and make me scream!! Dat would be da bomb if you could rock my poop shoot!!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Howard

    I worship Howard Stern. I also wanna ram Ms Palin in da poop shoot! I iz gonna rock her world!! Where I come from, the ol' hershey highway is da only way!!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Howard

    I actually am into the devil. My religious take was a hoax. I love satanic music and worship. Jesus doesn't know me at all!! Party on! Booze it up.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimmyhoffa


    March 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Palinwho

    Who will play her h0re daughter

    March 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hill Bill

    Lady Gaga.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. GregHouse

    How about the adult film star who played Palin in "Nailin' Palin"?

    March 10, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. S.B. Stein

    Have John Lovitz play McCain!

    March 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  16. npg

    Tim Conway would be perfect McCain

    March 10, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. popcorn

    Can I kiss her brown ring

    March 10, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  18. Stevelb1

    Amber Waves!!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. Manda

    A dinasour would work. with locked arms and all a T-rex might just be perfect.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  20. Stevelb1

    Since they have Julianne Moore, perhaps they can toss in a Boogie Nights style nude scene or two. That would be awesome on so many different levels.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  21. Joe Regular

    I like grils.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  22. Doc

    I think Roseanne Barr should play Palin

    March 10, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  23. Mo

    Michael Hogan aka Saul Tigh from BSG, definitely.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  24. morris2196

    A female bozo the clown.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  25. Copper98

    Question should be, "Why would someone want to portray Sarah Palin?". Times can't be that bad for actors and actresses that they would want to do that to their career.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  26. bob

    Palin should play herself, after all she's not busy at the moment, being out of politics after quitting halfway through her duly elected term as governor of Alaska.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  27. meltemi

    If we’re looking for someone with similar credibility as a serious politician I was thinking Benny Hill.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  28. bILL


    March 10, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  29. Matt

    Bob Balaban would make an O.K. McCain

    March 10, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  30. ronald Kolowitz

    How about Charlie Sheen?

    March 10, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  31. eh

    I think palin is hotter than Julian Moore. Besides, they should have picked Sarah Palin to play Sarah Palin. I'm sure she wouldn't miss a chance at the spot light.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  32. sarah palin

    Stop spreading those rumors around.....Stop spreading those lies...

    March 10, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  33. Aman Hasneeds

    What? Lisa Ann wasn't available? Because she makes an AWESOME Sarah Palin! Whoo Hoo!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  34. Emily Quirk

    Charlie Sheen!!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  35. Name*Matt want

    Easy, Paul Giamatti

    March 10, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  36. MonogrammedEverything.com

    Sarah Palin is soooooo annoying OMG.


    March 10, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  37. big AL

    How about Sammy the Bull as McCain. Sammy was a maverick in his day. LOL!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  38. nat

    It's funny to see you bash Palin..Obama didn't even know how many states make up America..He has bad mouthed America to every foreign country that would listen. He hasn't a clue what he is doing...

    March 10, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  39. Hollywood Reporter

    Moore's not cute enough to play her. The fireworks and the better choice would be:


    March 10, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. rodriquez

    Maybe Sara Palin should play me, I would love to play her and enjoy it

    March 10, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  41. Michael

    Jason Alexander

    March 10, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  42. Msptr

    Peter for Mccain Mag for Palin. Lol interesting...

    March 10, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  43. Greg M. votes for Michael Hogan

    Without commenting on the politics of this (sigh… it's worth noting Strong & Roach received praise from just about everyone on all sides of the aisle for "Recount," which theoretically speaking should've been the most controversial, unpopular movie ever made, so the project should be fair-minded.)

    As for playing McCain: Michael Hogan. Michael Hogan. Michael Hogan, from Battlestar Galactica. The guy's a dead ringer for McCain and pretty much played an old John McCain, if McCain had stayed in the military (and then we'd gone to war against evil robots) for four seasons on Battlestar Galactica.


    Seriously, check out the pictures. The resemblance is uncanny.

    March 10, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  44. Educated Black man

    DICK CHENEY as Mccain and JUSTIN BIEBER as Palin...now thats entertainment

    March 10, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  45. Educated Black man

    IM ALSO THINKING maybe Elton John as Mccain and Molly Cyrus as Palin...either way its a Box office hit

    March 10, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  46. brad

    Don't forget special guest Josh Duhamel as Joran van der Sloot .

    March 10, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  47. Educated Black man

    I THINK BOB BARKER should play Mccain and LINSEY LOHAN should play Palin lol...now dats a movie

    March 10, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  48. D

    These posts are just one more reason why everyone needs to read, "Hell is an Awfully Big City"

    March 10, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  49. Fadi

    What about Tina Fey?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  50. Name*Bashir

    Sen. McCain will play Sahara Palin again

    March 10, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  51. the_dude

    I predict this movie will flop

    March 10, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  52. Jeff

    How about Timothy Bottoms, Will Ferrell, or James Cromwell as McCain? (I guess it depends on how funny the script will be...)

    March 10, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  53. oldzoom

    Julianne Moore there isn't enough soap in the world to wash Sarah Palin off you after pretending to be her . I recomend having a frontal labotomy to get into character, then practice saying things that make no sense and then smile profusely while drooling and then keep reminding everyone that you can see Russia from your house. If you should forget your lines and the questions get tuff, just act retarded and drool, seems to work to for Sarah 😉

    March 10, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  54. ml

    Just make sure that 4@

    March 10, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  55. D

    Why can't Tina Fey play her? She does an excellent job...and I don't want Sarah Palin making any more money off of the entertainment industry-she's a camera wh00re

    March 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  56. John from Lafayette

    It just a waste of money , Saran Palin Isn't worst the money too make of her. I hope who you get can really act because there Isn't no body that could be as dumb as Saran Palin Is.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      "Sarah Palin isn't worst the money too make of her... There isn't no body that is as dumb as Sarah Palin is."

      No, John. Based upon your grammar, you are much, much, dumber.

      March 10, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Amen to that

      March 10, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  57. Mike

    Tina Fey! Its a no brainer!

    March 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Tony

    Mike myers. In full Dr evil makeup. Dead ringer for mccain. And I'm a libertarian. This isn't a bash or anything. Every time I look at mccain I picture the Austin powers movies. Specifically the scene where Dr evil does the maceranna

    March 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Forgive Them Lord They Know What They Do

    Wow I can't believe some of the comments I'm reading and why they are even posted on here and not removed. Thank God I love Jesus and he loves me.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigrudy

      Wishing something was true has no bearing on its accuracy. As long as you put the burden on Jesus and refuse to take responsibility for yourself, our country will continue to flounder. Let's hope for a post-christian America.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      You say that you know Jesus loves you. You can only assume that's the case. In fact, you don't KNOW any such thing. Where I come from, they taught that saying or believing such things made one guilty of the sin of presumption.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  60. steve

    Make this a real summer blockbuster... let Will Smith play McCain...

    March 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  61. ken

    Julianne is a remarkable actress. Dynamic, exceptional, but she's missing something important...she's never had a facelift or implants. How could she possibly play Palin?

    March 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  62. ken

    Julianne is a remarkable actress. Dynamic, exceptional, but she's missing something important...she's never had a facelift or boob implants. How could she possibly play Palin?

    March 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fallout

      It's true, Julianne has some nice little knockers, but Sarah has zeppelins in comparison.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  63. queen_b

    Hey "satan" remember how u were portrayed in South Park? Lol such a loser!!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  64. 21k

    have palin play herself. it's a win-win. it will feed her incredible ego, and for about a year she'll be too busy with the movie to say stupid things that make it into the news. and, she won't have time to run in 2012. oh wait, she'd probably quit halfway thru.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Sara Palin

    Lisa Ann should play me

    March 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Pkm

    Put j low in make sure she has pretty legs a short dress and can say you bet ya

    March 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  67. UNKle Obama

    micky rourke should play mccain

    March 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  68. AlienEmissary

    John McCain can be played by no one but Michael Hogan. Toss in a bit of cheek padding on the one side and he'd be a dead ringer for the guy.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Pkm

    Just make she has pretty legs and a cute short dress you bet ya

    March 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  70. pedro


    March 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  71. pedro

    I dont know. I am a mexikin. OLE. Did i say OLE ? AIIIIEEE CARRRUMBA !

    March 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Derpaderp

    Good lord.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  73. seriousting

    Forget about how you idiot Sarah Palin is , remember that her child is an innocent and never asked to be born with autism. Please be respectful and just call Palin a backwards imbecile.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Tim McGaha

    Would it be mean to say that Fred Thompson should play John McCain?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  75. forkE

    I had heard that ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER was the first choice for the part, but was unable to do it due to his impending induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  76. random

    I think the rock should play biden

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • forkE

      ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER will carve up the Rock in no time, just like he did to his dad.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  77. K.L.

    Mickey Rooney

    March 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Ben Dover

    roseanne barr

    March 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucky Louie

      Perfect !! But it would be a tough call as to which one is more irritating and obnoxious.

      March 10, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Fallout

      You read my mind. Roseanne would be perfect.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  79. Joe

    How about letting Julianne Moore run for President and let Sarah Palin play herself in the movie? I'd vote or Julianne Moore before Sarah Palin. Hell, I'd vote for ANYBODY before I'd vote for Sarah Palin.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  80. anon

    Ed Harris is the guy.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  81. west

    Sandi Dunkins unknown sister can be Sarah Palin.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  82. FYur Yankee Blue Jeans

    if Cruise would come out of the closet that is.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  83. c

    I am certain this wont be bias at all.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wake Up

      If by 'biased' you mean showing her in all her moronic, bigoted, snotty, holier than thou stupidity then ... yes I'm sure it will be .. as it should... I know I know the truth is hard to handle at times.. like when you first heard Santa wasn't real either.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Oh boy "Wake Up," (YAWN) thanks for proving a point! You obviously don't have any problems – you're take is so fresh, so original & so...
      Okay, I can't do this anymore – instead of thawing out adjectives, provide examples or shut the hell up.

      March 10, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • flipinjc

      Example? @really?
      She IS the example, have you seen the interview on the umbrella of job creation and health care? Snl did not say anything that she did not...shes a joke unearthing of an hbo anything

      March 10, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat the entertainer

      You want examples of Sarah Palin's lack of education and the ignorance that goes with that? The Katy Couric interview, for starters. Her misunderstanding of commitment to the full term of governorship. Her use of the phrase involving "blood" in reacting to Az shootings. Her wasting her time getting into fights with the likes of Cathy Griffith or David Letterman. On top of all this, she doesn't seem to have even a smart high school student's grasp of American history. That help, or are you equally I'll-informed about the world.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • HS

      Examples, you ask? Are you serious? Okay – her utterly convoluted resignation speech. Said she didn't want to be a "lame duck" like all those other governors who stay til the very end. Thereby insulting every governor and politician who stays to the end. Would she resign the presidency too, two years before her term was up? How about the focus on HER attacks after the shooting in Tucson? She could have come forward to defend herself later, or not at all. Obama doesn't react to every birther claim. For more examples, talk to McCain's 2008 campaign staff, McCain's daughter, Palin's former aide, Barbara Bush, and a long list of Republicans who see her for the shallow, money-seeking, narcissistic, crude gal she is.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  84. steve

    The only guy is richard dryfuss

    March 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  85. the_dude

    I think they should get a gay hollywood actor like tom cruise to play john mccanin

    March 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Bo Jiden

    I know who can play Jo Biden! Pee Wee Herman! or maybe Joe Isuzu! (remember him?)

    March 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Oback Barama

    Everyone I can think of is already dead!

    March 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |

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