BALTIMORE (WJZ)— HBO will shoot the film “Game Change” in Maryland this spring.  The film is estimated to create jobs for approximately 160 local production crew and 1,800 local actors and extras.

The film follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, including his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate and their defeat in the general election.

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Based on the bestselling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the film is directed and executive produced by Jay Roach and written and co-executive produced by Danny Strong, whose previous collaboration was HBO’s Emmy Award winning film, “Recount.” 

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Academy Award nominated actress Julianne Moore will star as Palin.

“HBO produces the highest quality and most-acclaimed films and series on television. The talent involved in ‘Game Change’ once again proves their commitment to entertainment excellence. We are very pleased to welcome HBO back,” said Gov. O’Malley.

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HBO and Maryland have had a long and successful relationship. HBO recently wrapped shooting the pilot episode for the series “VEEP” in Maryland.  Previous award-winning HBO productions that were filmed in Maryland include “Shot in the Heart,” “Something the Lord Made,” “The Corner” and “The Wire.”