10/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lorne Michaels Wants Tina Fey As SNL's Sarah Palin

Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said the show is talking with Tina Fey about playing Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin at some point this season, possibly as soon as this Saturday's season premiere.
Tina Fey

"There are discussions [with Tina]," Michaels said during a conference call with reporters. "They are ongoing."

Rumors have been swirling that Fey will portray Palin, at least for the season premiere, following an interview with 24-year-old SNL scribe Simon Rich in New York magazine. Fans online have posted pictures of Fey next to Palin, pointing out similarities.

Michaels isn't hedging all of his bets on Fey, however. He said current cast member Casey Wilson has read for the part of Palin.

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