If I’m reading Michael Fleming‘s hazily-phrased Variety story correctly, HBO Films intends to make a narrative feature out of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.” HBO has optioned the rights to the forthcoming book (i.e., out next year) and hired Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt to adapt.

In other words, they want to make a Recount or Primary Colors-type movie about the ’08 election. Which means if and when they roll film, they’ll have to cast actors to play Barack Obama, Hillary Cilnton, John McCain, etc. Any suggestions as to who could play whom? I’m assuming Will Smith is out of their price range for the Obama role. Maybe they could hire Mike Nichols to direct? Who’d play McCain,

Hillary, John Edwards, etc.?