‘Hunger Games’ Movie News Update

On May 31st, Donald Sutherland was announced as The Hunger Games‘ cruel, detestable and ruthless President Snow [Source]. The most famous star yet to appear in this movie and with his distinguished acting talent he should bring much gravitas to the role.

Lenny Kravitz is going to be playing Cinna, Katniss’ fashion stylist for the Games. [Source]

Woody Harrelson is to play Haymitch Abernathy.

All the district tributes have now been cast.

We’ve seen the first pictures of Jennifer Lawrence in Entertainment Weekly along with an exclusive interview with her about the role.

Her favourite scene from the first book in the trilogy, The Hunger Games was:

“The first time that Katniss has to go into the cylinder and she goes up into the arena and looks around and sees it for the first time,” says Lawrence. “Knowing that when that trumpet blows she could die. The thing that’s great about her is she’s not a murderer. She’s a hunter, but she’s not a killer.”

But her absolute favourite scene is this one from the second book, Catching Fire:

Without hesitation, he reads, “On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors.”
My mother gives a faint shriek and Prim buries her face in her hands, but I feel more like the people I see in the crowd on television. Slightly baffled. What does it mean? Existing pool of victors?
Then I get what it means. At least, for me. District 12 only has three existing victors to choose from. Two male. One female…
I am going back into the arena.
–Catching Fire

Also, according to Deadline: ‘Lionsgate executives told Wall Street analysts this morning to expect big things from The Hunger Games, a series of four action films that the studio will release from the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. COO Joe Drake said it was “the highest-selling film we’ve ever had” at the Cannes Film Festival and that overseas exhibitors consider it “the movie that can change their company.” Although Lionsgate wouldn’t disclose its budget for the films, Drake says Hunger Games could become an “outsized success” for Lionsgate. The studio says it bought the rights before the books became runaway bestsellers, and it has “retained the majority of the upside” in its talent and distribution deals.’

Filming has all ready started with the first movie set for release on March 23, 2012.

I can’t wait!


Posted on June 3, 2011, in Book to Screen, Dystopia, Movie, Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Young Adult and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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