It’s been awhile since we had a chat about the upcoming HBO’s movie Game Change that is being directed by Jay Roach. But today, we’re here to report that Ron Livingston is attached to star in the whole thing, and that he will join the cast that already includes previously reported Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson.
As you know, Game Change is HBO’s adaptation of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book of the same name that will follow John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election.
Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris is Senator John McCain and Harrelson is Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and advisor.
Newest addition, Ron Livingston will play Mark Wallace, the senior adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign.
Danny Strong is responsible for the script, and just in case you’re interested in more details here’s a little description of the novel:
“In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama.
The shocking fall of the House of Clinton – and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines had been told – until now.
In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin pull back the curtains on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel.”
Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are co-executive producing the movie that will give us a chance to go behind the scenes of the long and captivating campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Stay tuned for more updates on this one!