The release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still several months away, but recent confirmation that Lionsgate will debut new footage of the film at Comic-Con has sparked discussion on the franchise once again.
Based on the best-selling young adult series, The Hunger Games is perhaps best known for propelling Jennifer Lawrence from up-and-comer to bonafide superstar (her subsequent Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook only cemented it). However, in addition to young stars like Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the films have managed to snag top-notch supporting players like Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Now it appears another acclaimed talent has joined the franchise's ensemble cast.
Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated star Julianne Moore may be joining the cast of the third and fourth films, both based on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Moore would play the pivotal role of President Alma Coin, a key figure in the rebellion against the Capitol.
Moore is, of course, a longtime veteran of film and television, having starred in films like Boogie Nights, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and The Big Lebowski. More recently, she starred in the HBO film Game Change as Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, earning both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance.
Interestingly enough, Moore's role in Game Change may serve as a strong precursor to joining the Hunger Games franchise. In that film, she appeared opposite Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson, and Game Change writer Danny Strong is currently scripting both halves of Mockingjay. Plus, add to that the fact that Moore played a controversial politician in Game Change, and her role in Mockingjay makes even more sense.
Much like the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games has smartly decided to counter-balance its young lead cast by surrounding them with a number of established performers to help lend the proceedings a certain amount of gravitas that would otherwise be lacking from a young adult series taken to the big screen (looking at you, Twilight).
Still, Moore may not be the first person one would think of for the role of President Coin. Some are sure to have seen someone like Glenn Close as a better fit, but Moore is just as capable an actress and will surely rise to the occasion, should she officially land the part.
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 releases on November 21, 2014, while Part 2 opens November 20, 2015.