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Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris Cast in HBO McCain Biopic

March 27, 2011 by Brandon Comments Off on Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris Cast in HBO McCain Biopic divider image

According to the latest rumors, Four-time Academy Award winner, Ed Harris, has been picked to play 2008 Presidential candidate, John McCain in HBO’s ‘Game Change.’

The film portrays the failed presidential campaign of John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin who will be played by Julianne Moore, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Throughout her career Moore has been nominated for four Oscars, three BAFTA awards, six Golden Globes, and five Screen Actors Guild awards. The biopic will follow the Republican campaign from McCain’s choice of Palin to the team’s ultimate defeat in November 2008. The film ‘Game Change’ is based on the bestselling book by the same name, written by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Woody Harrelson, 49, a two time Oscar nominee, who recently appeared in ‘Zombieland’ and ‘2012’, has also been picked to play Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s senior campaign strategist and advisor.

The HBO film will be directed by Jay Roach who directed ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ and screenwriter Danny Strong who also wrote the 2008 HBO movie ‘Recount’ which documented the commotion that took place after the 2000 presidential elections in which Al Gore and George Bush went head to head. ‘Recount’ went on to win three Emmys, reports TV Guide. Roach and Strong will also be co-executive producers for ‘Game Change.’ Other producers for the film will be actor Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone, says Entertainment Weekly. There is no word yet about who will be playing other historical figures from the 2008 presidential campaign such as Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama.

Even if the casting choices are steadily being rolled out, it is still unclear when the production for the show begins, but it is estimated to come out sometime before the end of the year.

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