Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Denis Leary, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Ed Begley Jr. and Bob Balaban have been set by HBO Films to star in Recount, the drama about the controversial Florida results in the 2000 presidential election.
According to Variety, Jay Roach is directing a script written by Danny Strong.
Spacey stars as Ron Klain, former chief of staff for vice president Al Gore and one of the lead attorneys who challenged the disputed results of voting in Florida.
Dern plays Katherine Harris, the Secretary of State of Florida who became the center of controversy when she certified that George W. Bush won the state.
Begley plays David Boies, the lawyer who appealed the results and argued for the Democrats in court. Leary plays Michael Whouley, a pollster on the Democrat side and Hurt plays Warren Christopher, a key player in the Gore camp. Wilkinson plays James Baker, brought in by the Republicans to see that the disputed results held up. Balaban plays Ben Ginsberg, the lead attorney for Bush and Dick Cheney.
While Harris' ruling was overturned by Florida's Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled narrowly in Bush's favor, giving him the presidency five weeks after Election Day. The film shows the legal and political maneuvering from the point of view of both the Bush and Gore camps.