John C. Reilly Looking To Join ‘The Hunger Games’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:06 pm,

It’s time for your customary bit of casting news/rumors for The Hunger Games. Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult novel has made headlines just about every day this week, and today is no exception.

The latest word on the highly-anticipated literary adaptation pegs John C. Reilly as being a prospective to appear in The Hunger Games as Haymitch Abernathy – a one-time winner of the titular competition and mentor to protagonists Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Petta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

Vulture says that Reilly will soon receive an offer from Lionsgate to play the role of Mr. Abernathy, a resident of District 12 in Hunger Games’ futuristic setting of Panem (formerly, North America). The one-time deadly warrior has essentially degraded into a slovenly alcoholic at the beginning of the story – understandably so, seeing as that he is stuck pretty much sending adolescents to their doom after he trains them to compete in the gladiatorial-style title event.

While readers of the original Hunger Games novel likely have their own unique vision of what Abernathy looks like, I imagine Reilly will be more than sufficient, playing a schlubby fellow; it’s not exactly a part that he’s struggled to pull off in the past (see: Cedar Rapids, Chicago, etc.).

It will however, be difficult to envision Reilly as having actually been a physically fit and deadly killer in the past – more so than some of the fan-favorite candidates (whose ranks appear to includes stars ranging from Hugh Laurie to James Gandolfini) for the role. Reilly is a very talented character actor though, so I could see him pulling the act off well enough.

The Hunger Games fan art John C. Reilly Looking To Join The Hunger Games

For those who are keeping score, here’s a recap of the roles that have been filled (or look to be soon) in The Hunger Games:

So there you have it. How’s the film looking so far?

The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23rd, 2012.

Source: Vulture

“The Hunger Games” fan art source: damnskippy on deviantART

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  1. John C. Reilly is actually a really good actor and has been on several serious films as serious characters GANGS OF NEW YORK…. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape…etc…

    He is a hilarious goof, but I think he still has what it takes to be an Academy Award winnerif he were to dedicate himself to such a goal.

    • I agree. He was really good in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He’s also great in comedies, but he can do serious roles too.

  2. I just gotta say that I’m super excited about this movie, but I’m not at all familiar with any of the actors being cast so I can’t really say whether I approve of them or not. I’ll just have to wait and see. As far as John C. Reilly goes, I think he’s great, whether he’s playing dramatic role or a funny one. I think I could see the drunk, washed up Haymitch after the games but I’m not too sure about seeing him as a champion. And I always pictured Haymitch to be raggedly looking and having just coarse features and Reilly just seems a little soft. But then again, he’s surprised me before so…

  3. Wouldnt it be Funny if Kanye West Played Cinna
    The “Over the top Designer” theme would fit well

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  5. I’m not saying he’s not a good actor, but seriously??? You’ve already lost fans because of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and now with John C. Reilly as Haymitch? The book described him as a good looking kid when he was young. So are you implying that when people becomes drunkard, you’ll look like that? Just dump that movie down the drain. No wonder The Hunger Games IMDB popularity ratings is way way down.

    • Lost fans? One fan more like it, your can’t appreciate good actors, I bet you wanted Alex Petyfer to play Peeta, we all seen how great he was in I Am Number 4 LMAO!!! And John C. Reilly is a great actor who can definitely do the role, and when your asking for a good looking guy, I know your referring to his younger self, who will be played by a different actor, so what the hell are you talking about?

    • Um…Get over it. If you are going to judge a movie before the movie comes out than you really are not that great of a fan. I remember a time where I put my foot in my mouth saying that Heath Ledger could not pull of The Joker. Then he did. If fans are real fans of the book then they will give the movie a chance regardless. And as far as the IMDP popularity rating, why don’t we wait ttil the movie gets closer to release date to see it shoot up. John C. Reilly is a great actor!

      Let me guess, you wanted Robert Downey Jr. The thing is though, RDJ is signed on to so many things now he could not do this. Also, just because kids look good younger does not mean they look good later on in life. Especially if they do not take care of themselves. if you read the books at all you would know that Haymitch does not take care of himself.

  6. John C. Reilly is a really great actor, but I’m not sure if he would be good in the role…

    No offense to him, but he’s not extraordinarily handsome. In the later books, Katniss finds old tapes of Haymitch during his hunger games victory, and she exclaims that he was very good-looking before he became a sloppy drunk.

  7. I actually pictured John C. Reilly as Haymitch and I think Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence.. all of the actors will do an awesome job, just give them a chance. Be thankful that Justin Beiber wasn’t cast as Peeta.

  8. Well, it’s sad, but true. When you put your body through a lot of crap for many years, it starts to look crappy. Not that he’s “crappy” looking, but he could definitely pull that look well. At this point, whoever they choose, I’m all in! I know if I get too obsessed and critical with every bit and piece of news about the movie I’ll end up being disappointed with the end product, and I really don’t want that.

  9. Hey guess give him a chance i think he would play an awesome haymitch. He looks like a complete goof and would play a good drunk guy, he is a real good actor im excited to see what he can do.

  10. I love that everyone is commenting about hoe Haymitch was described as good looking, so John C. Reilly won’t work, but no one has mentioned that the authoer of this post is siting inaccurate reasons for why he won’t work. Haymitch didn’t win his games because he was a “physically fit, deadly killer.” He won because he was smarter than everyone else, he used his wits. But to address the attractive issue… they live in a dystopian society A. B, everyone has different opinions on what is and isn’t attractive. If the book was written 3rd person, you’d have a valid point. It wasn’t. It was written first person, and for all we know she could find Meatloaf in g-string attractive.

    Just sayin.