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The Hunger Games, Donald Sutherland cast as Pres. SnowHere’s exciting news: Donald Sutherland has been cast as President Snow in the upcoming film version of ‘The Hunger Games.’ Time to hop over and update my ‘Hunger Games 101‘ post.

Based on the first book of the sci-fi trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Gary Ross-directed film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where children must fight to the death in matches known as the Hunger Games. Snow is the autocratic ruler of the city of Panem and uses the violent event as a way to maintain control.

The cast already includes Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, as well as Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and Elizabeth Banks.

With his broad range of characters — everything from Hawkeye Pierce in the movie version of ‘[amazon_link id=”B000BZISTE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]M*A*S*H[/amazon_link]’ to Mr. Bennet in 2005’s ‘[amazon_link id=”B002VWNICW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pride & Prejudice[/amazon_link]’ — Sutherland certainly has the chops to pull off the role. Other names I’ve heard bandied about are Malcolm MacDowell and Željko Ivanek (The Magister from ‘True Blood’). Based on what I know about the scary-creepy-smooth-operator President Snow, any of these actors would do well with the role.

Any thoughts on Sutherland as President Snow? Think he’s a good choice? Who else did you have in mind?

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  1. Wow. I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once. If this was merely a good read, I would have given it 4 stars, but they say great art leaves you changed after you experience it… and this book definitely did that. Suzanne Collins has, with one amazing work, propelled herself onto my top shelf.

  2. I would recommend this novel to anyone above the age of 10 or so, it does have some violent passages. Overall a nice surprise, glad I ordered it at the end of reading. I might even get the sequel. Which I would assume will be on it’s way.
    If it looks interesting to you, pick it up. You will enjoy it.

  3. Thanks for the insights on the books. Ok, you’ve both convinced me. Since I do most of my “reading” on my walks via iPod, I’ll see if it’s available for download. Thanks again.

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