HBO has released their first teaser trailer for Game Change, a telepic about John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. It is a well-structured 52 seconds. First, Ed Harris looks just like McCain when you stick a hairpiece on him. A speech by Woody Harrelson (playing McCain’s advisor Steve Schmidt) builds nicely to the big reveal of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Plenty have tried on a Palin impression in the last couple years. Is it any surprise that Moore’s, in just one sentence, sounds good enough to sustain a feature-length character arc?
Ron Livingston, Sarah Paulson, Peter MacNicol, Justin Gaston, Larry Sullivan, Jamey Sheridan, and Melissa Farman also star. Game Change was directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, who previously collaborated on the HBO movie Recount, which centered on the 2000 election. Game Change will premiere in March 2012. Watch the trailer after the break.
Below is the synopsis for Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime which serves as the basis for Danny Strong’s adapted screenplay. Since there is no listed actor playing Clinton or Obama, I assume Strong borrowed mostly from the McCain/Palin portions of the book.
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. [Amazon]