Posted: Apr 15, 2009
US President Barack Obama’s life, and his run to the White House, would soon be turned into a new movie.
HBO is said to have optioned a book on which the movie on Obama will be based. The channel has chosen Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's upcoming book ‘Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime’, a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 election. Although casting for the movie has not started yet, bosses at HBO will soon be searching for stars to portray important characters of Obama and First Lady Michelle. Other roles would be of chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former ABC correspondent-turned-Obama-adviser Linda Douglass and "Harold & Kumar" actor Kal Penn, who is about to join the White House Office of Public Liaison.
According to experts, the combination of historical significance, generational shift and the style and energy surrounding the Obama administration seems tailor-made for film.
"It's almost as if the country has elected someone from Central Casting, since the Obamas are so perfect," the ‘Telegraph’ quoted Robert J. Thompson, media professor at Syracuse University, as saying. He added: "
For young people especially, the White House can finally be seen as a cooler, younger place. And as a result, politics as a whole is certainly hip again."