(Julianne Moore. PR NEWSWIRE)

"Game Change" is based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's 2010 book about the 2008 elections; it follows McCain's presidential bid from the time of his selection of then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, to their defeat in the general election.

The project reunites members of the team behind HBO's flick "Recount" about the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election. Danny Strong, who wrote "Recount," has written the "Game Change" script. And Jay Roach, "Recount" director, also will direct "Game Change."

You may know Moore from her co-starring role in the flick "The Kids are All Right"; she also starred in "A Single Man" and "An Ideal Husband." On TV, she played Nancy Donovan -- high school crush of NBC suit Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) -- on NBC's "30 Rock."