With perhaps the final casting piece set in place for Lionsgate's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, it has been announced that veteran actor Donald Sutherland has joined the cast as the villainous President Snow.
While the announcement comes as a surprise, it is a welcome one for this reporter, as Sutherland has had a storied career dating back to the 1960's and will be more than up to the task of embodying this villain, pitted against Katniss Everdeen and the rebellion.
Filming is already underway for The Hunger Games, will a scheduled release of March 23, 2012.
As minor casting announcements continue to roll in, Lionsgate have announced that relative newcomer Amber Chaney will be playing the Avox Girl in The Hunger Games.
As I'm sure most will remember, an Avox is someone who has had their tongue cut off as punishment by the Capitol. In this case, the Avox in question plays a rather significant emotional role in the story.
Filming is now underway for The Hunger Games, with a scheduled release date of March 23, 2012.
After being long rumoured and anticipated, Lionsgate have today announced that Lenny Kravitz has been cast as Cinna for The Hunger Games.
We first reported about Kravitz's potential involvement back in late April, and as the cast has continued to flesh out over the past month, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna had become the logical role up until today's confirmation.
A renowned musician, Kravitz broke into the film world with a critically acclaimed role in the Oscar-nominated Precious last year. To read from the press release, hit the jump!
The reaping is over - the 24 Tributes from the 12 Districts have now been chosen. The last to be cast were District 2 Tributes Cato and Clove who will be played by Alexander Ludwig and Isabelle Fuhrmam respectively. They will join Jessica Lawrence (Katniss) in the ultimate battle for survival when the film hits our screens on March 23rd 2012.
After much speculation and rumours surrounding the casting of Hunger Games Victor Haymitch, we can now exclusively reveal that Woody Harrelson has landed the coveted role.
Speaking about the casting decision, Hunger Games Director Gary Ross announced, "Haymitch is such an unforgettable character: funny cranky outrageous,
sarcastic, impatient, biting but ultimately kind. I’m so grateful we
have Woody Harrelson to play him. I can’t wait for us to get to work."
You can read the full press release after the jump!
An interesting article released recently in Hollywood Life talks about how the Hunger Games movie script diverges from the book. It mentions that we will learn how the Hunger Games came to be and how the districts were first formed. Interestingly there are also talks of prequels.
The article says, "I think ‘Hunger Games’ fans will be thrilled with the script of the
new movie, it stays very true to the book. Suzanne was very involved in
the process and made sure the movie didn’t stray from her original
ideas. The movie goes into a little bit more of the background story of
how the Hunger Games first came about. [Suzanne] isn’t giving away too
much but is providing information to whet people’s appetites over when
the districts were first formed, and the initial revolution."
Do you think a prequel could work if Suzanne Collins was involved?
"Effie: Just remember, Katniss, you want the audience to like you. Katniss: And you donít think they will? Effie: Not if you glare at them the entire time. Why donít you save that for the arena? Instead, think of yourself among friends. Katniss: Theyíre betting on how long Iíll live! Theyíre not my friends! Effie: Well, try and pretend! See, like this. Iím smiling at you even though youíre aggravating me. Katniss: Yes, it feels very convincing. "