First. Never doubt HBO. It's a lesson I've learned over the years. Second. When you do doubt HBO, quickly admit you were wrong to have ever done so... therefore, my name is Jesse and I must admit, at first I very much doubted the potential of HBO's Game Change and I'm sorry.

In my defense, Jay Roach's last effort (Dinner for Schmucks) didn't exactly inspire confidence but if you get past that and a few of his other recent blemishes, you can still find a few comedic gems hidden in that filmogaphy that suggest Game Change is, in fact, in surprisingly capable hands... Roach is the man who directed one of the better recent HBO movies, Recount, which, when you look at the obvious similarities in topic, tone and talent involved my mind is quickly changing on Game Change.

Sure, we haven't actually seen any footage BUT what we have seen so far is promising... the released picture of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin (and yeah, as you can see, she looks the part to say the least) and now our first look, courtesy of EW, at John McCain playing John McCain... oh wait, that's Ed Harris looking uncannily like the Senator turned Presidential candidate turned, well, subject of an HBO expose on the now infamous campaign that paired the doomed Republicans. Take a look at Harris and try not to hear him say the words... country first (integrity second?).

So, now that we know they look the part, I can't wait to see the first trailer for the HBO movie coming later this year. Directed by Jay Roach, Game Change stars Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson and details the events on the losing side of the historic 2008 election.

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