Here’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?