Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin watching Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Cast members Ed Harris (L), Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson attend the panel for the HBO television film ''Game Change'' at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 13, 2012.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

(Reuters) – Americans may be gearing up for the 2012 presidential elections, but HBO is revisiting the drama of the 2008 race to the White House in a TV film about Sarah Palin and John McCain.

“Game Change,” starring Julianne Moore as Palin and Ed Harris as McCain, is based on the 2010 book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin that documented the behind-the-scenes action of the presidential campaign four years ago.

But the new film, which will premier on March 10, focuses on the rise of Palin as McCain’s 2008 Republican Party running mate.

“We felt that story of Sarah Palin is truly one of the great American political stories of our time,” writer Danny Strong told television reporters on Friday.

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Moore said that she spent hours working with a vocal coach to master Palin’s “idiosyncratic way of speaking” as well as reading Palin’s book and watching her TV reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

“It’s a daunting task to play somebody who’s not only a living figure but also hugely well known. So for me, the most important thing was accuracy. We’re all very familiar with her and those iconic moments four years ago,” said Moore, who starred in movie drama “The Hours” and “The Kids Are Alright”.

Strong said he was given interviews with everyone he wrote into the film. Except for Palin. Instead, he used the former Alaska governor’s own book “Going Rogue” as one of his main sources.

“Her (Palin’s) situation was an extraordinary one. She was someone who was involved in state politics and suddenly thrust into international politics, and clearly wasn’t prepared,” said Moore.

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