Paula Malcomson Joins ‘The Hunger Games’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:07 pm,

Lionsgate continues to cleverly announce just a bit of casting news for The Hunger Games at a time. The heavily-anticipated adaptation has made headlines almost (literally) every day this week, as it continue to cast primarily either novices or up-and-comers as the participants in the titular competition – with bigger names like Elizabeth Banks circling supporting roles in the film.

Today’s casting news concerns the character of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Prim (Willow Shields) Everdeen’s mom – a part that will be filled by popular television actress Paula Malcomson.

Malcomson may not be a huge name, but chances are good that if you’re a regular TV viewer, then you’ll recognize her face from one place or another. She’s played significant roles on shows like Caprica, The Event, Sons of Anarchy, ER, and the David Milch-created HBO series John from Cincinnati and Deadwood. The actress has also made memorable appearances on Fringe and Lost – and her resume includes one-episode stints on shows ranging from Private Practice to NYPD Blue.

Heat Vision has the scoop on Malcomson signing up for the dystopian tale of The Hunger Games, where she’ll play the widowed Mrs. Everdeen – a woman terrified by the prospect that her children will be forced to “play” in the titular event. That’s understandable, seeing as how The Hunger Games is a gladiator-style competition in which adolescents must fight one another to the death – so as to demonstrate the strength of the ruling Capitol and “win” supplies for the respective District they hale from.

I admit to personally being a fan of Malcomson (her turn as Trixie on Deadwood is my favorite). More important, for fans of the Hunger Games novel and/or those unfamiliar with Malcomson’s work as an actress, she’s the proper age and has the looks to be convincing as the mother of both Lawrence and Shields. We’ve already gone over the fact that Lawrence doesn’t really resemble Katniss, as described in the book, so best to move on – and not keep harping on that point.

The Hunger Games movie image Paula Malcomson Joins The Hunger Games

To reiterate: the confirmed cast assembled under director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) for Hunger Games includes the following:

The Hunger Games arrives in theaters on March 23rd, 2012. How’s it looking to you so far?

Source: THR

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  1. Again with the Jennifer Lawrence teeth clenching. Does it really need to be mentioned in every single HG post? They have something called hair dye and make-up these days.

    Anyway, this, along with Lawrence is another fine piece of casting.

    • Uh, Bob. Unclench, bud – ALL we did was mention her name as the actress playing the role of Katniss. We didn’t say anything for or against her casting.


      • Oh, wait – I guess we DID say something. I agree that hair dye works wonders. 8)


    • Sorry Bob – I didn’t mean I’m among those clenching my teeth about Lawrence. I just thought to mention that issue since I’ve heard a number of fans are still a bit touchy about it.

      I agree, though – time to move on… 8-)

  2. This is all looking fine, as long as Robert Downy Jr. plays Haymitch, all is good :D

  3. Am I the only one who doesn’t get what all the excitement over this movie is? It seems like every other day there is a story on SR about the Hunger Games. What am I missing? Is it based on an awesome book?

  4. Yeah Raven, it’s a page turner too check it out…

  5. Raven, I can’t seriously believe that you have never heard of the hunger games series…

    • John,

      Cut Raven some slack – I’d never heard of the books until about 6 months ago myself.