Ed Harris and Julianne Moore set to play John McCain and Sarah Palin in HBO film
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Ed Harris and Julianne Moore set to play John McCain and Sarah Palin in HBO film

March 24, 2011 07:33 am CDT 

New York, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Ed Harris has been confirmed to play presidential candidate John McCain in the HBO made-for-TV film, "Game Change."

The cable network announced Wednesday that the 60-year-old veteran actor has been signed on to join Julianne Moore, who will play Sarah Palin, in the film about the 2008 presidential election, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

The film will center around the longtime Arizona senator's presidential campaign in 2008, from his controversial running mate pick of Palin to their ultimate defeat in the general election from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Len Amato, the president of HBO Films, told the Baltimore Sun that filming will take place "in and around Baltimore" between the ending of March and April.

When the former Alaska governor recently sat down with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, the host said Courtney Cox and Demi Moore would have been better choices for the role, because both look more like Palin than Moore.

"Well, I'm absolutely flattered that you would say that. But, no, I don't know. I think I'll just grit my teeth and bear whatever comes what may with that movie.

"Well, I'm all about job creation. And I guess I could provide some of these gals who pretend like they are me some job security. I would ask, though, if they're of the mind of spreading the wealth around, that perhaps they want to spring for one of my kids' sets of braces or something as they capitalize on pretending to be me," Palin joked.

McCain has not yet made a public comment about Harris' involvement in the film.

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