The film is based on the book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Ed Harris plays the Republican war-hero and Julianne Moore stars as the former Alaska governor during her surprise vice presidential run in the 2008 election.
The trailer reveals some behind-the-scenes between Palin and advisers for her running mate, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, over the direction of the campaign against Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama, says the New York Daily News.
“They’re telling me what to wear, how to talk. I am not your puppet,” says Palin by a cell phone after a televised interview gone wrong.
“I have to win this thing. I so don’t want to go back to Alaska,” a winking Palin tells Steve Schmidt in another scene in the trailer.
Critics have described the film as an anti-Palin propaganda piece, but the network has promised an evenhanded portrayal.
‚ÄúWe have her displaying moments of sheer brilliance ‚Äď I mean, she was unbelievably charismatic,” Moore said earlier in January about the film’s portrayal of Palin.
“Suddenly here was this working class mother who popped out and seemed to be able to command the world, but of course upon further inspection, she was clearly not prepared.”
“She didn’t necessarily have the experience necessary to lead our country, and that‚Äôs what we were attempting to characterize.”
“She’s on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown,” says Woody Harrelson, who plays McCain’s adviser Steve Schmidt.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs clear that we‚Äôre in for another impressive performance from Moore, whose imitation of the real-life Palin is downright uncanny,‚ÄĚ says Angie Han from Slash Film.
‚ÄúBut what I really like is that the trailer draws the polarizing Palin as a three-dimensional figure, neither demonizing nor glorifying her.”
“It‚Äôs plain to see what‚Äôs so maddening about this character, but it‚Äôs also possible to sympathize with her growing frustration as the stresses of the campaign take their toll on her.‚ÄĚ
A source close to Sarah Palin commented on the movie: “First of all, brilliant f–king casting for the men,” E! Online‚Äôs insider told the magazine about Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson.
“Julianne Moore’s accent is terrible,” the Palin source added. “She sounds more like her old 30 Rock character, Nancy Donovan, than she does Palin.”
But accents aside, the source says the movie looks very legit: “The book it’s based on is rock solid. [Authors] John Halperin and Mark Heilmann have great sources and are top-rate journalists.”
“From all accounts, this movie is as close to the truth as any of us are ever gonna get.”
As for Sarah Palin itsefl, on Sunday night she blamed the U.S. political establishment for trying to ‘crucify’ Mr. Gingrich.
She said: “Ya know you gotta rage against the machine, at this point in order to defend our Republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation, we need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and isn’t afraid to shake it up.”
“Shake up that establishment. So, if for no other reason than to rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal. Vote Newt. Keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going,” she added.