Donald Sutherland is the latest name to join director Gary Ross’ adaptation of the bestselling Suzanne Collins novel, The Hunger Games and should round out the principle cast.
Targeted for a PG-13 rating, the film is based on the young adult novel and tells the tale of a dystopic future and the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live television. Sutherland will play President Snow, a part that is officially described by the studio as follows.
President Snow has been the autocratic ruler of Panem and its contained districts for some 25 years at the outset of the story. With a snake-like appearance, he is cruel and ruthless in his intimidation and control tactics.
Sutherland joins the sizable cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, Paula Malcomson, Ian Nelson, Kalia Prescott, Ethan Jamieson, Tara Macken, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Ashton Moio, Kara Petersen, Sam Ly, Leigha Hancock, Samuel Tan, Mackenzie Lintz, Imanol Yepez-Frias, Annie Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Latarsha Rose, Brooke Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Amber Chaney, Kimiko Gelman and Nelson Ascencio.
Sutherland most recently appeared in The Eagle and The Mechanic and is scheduled to appear in the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Horrible Bosses.
The Hunger Games is set for release on March 23, 2012.
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