Spacey and Balaban Battle for Gore and Bush Votes in HBO Films' "Recount"

News   Spacey and Balaban Battle for Gore and Bush Votes in HBO Films' "Recount" Stage and film stars Kevin Spacey and Bob Balaban will be key players in "Recount," the forthcoming HBO Films drama based on the turmoil surrounding the Florida results in the 2000 presidential election.

Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents," "Austin Powers") directs a script penned by Danny Strong. Filming is expected to begin in Florida in October aiming for a 2008 premiere.

Spacey and Balaban are among the lineup of stars set to appear, which also includes Ed Begley Jr., Laura Dern, Denis Leary, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson. The film will focus on the Al Gore and George W. Bush campaign staffs during the recount period in Florida. Gore and Bush will appear in the work through use of archival footage.

Spacey will play the role of as Gore's chief of staff Ron Klain, who was among the lead attorneys challenging the Florida voting results. On the opposing side, Balaban will play Bush's lead attorney, Ben Ginsberg.

Dern plays Florida secretary of state Katherine Harris, Begley appears as Democrat lawyer David Boies, Leary plays Democratic pollster Michael Whouley, Hurt will be Gore camp's Warren Christopher and Wilkinson takes on Republicans overseer James Baker.

Spacey was last seen on Broadway in Moon for the Misbegotten — a production that originated in London at the Old Vic, where he serves as artistic director. Other stage credits include The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Hurlyburly, Ghosts as well as his Tony Award-winning performance in Lost in Yonkers. The actor is well known for his screen work on such films as "American Beauty," "Seven," "Beyond the Sea," "Pay It Forward," "L.A. Confidential" and "The Usual Suspects" — earning Academy Awards for "Beauty" and "Suspects." He will appear in the upcoming films "Fred Claus" and "21."

Balaban — an actor, director and producer of film and stage works — last appeared Off-Broadway in David Mamet's Romance and has also played on stage in Plaza Suite, The Inspector General, Speed-the-Plow, The Exonerated, Some Americans Abroad, Three Sisters, Marie and and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

On film he has appeared in "Gosford Park," "Lady in the Water," "Capote," "Cradle Will Rock," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and the Christopher Guest films "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration."