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Originally rumored to be joining the cast of Francis Lawrence’s two-part “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” a while back, Lionsgate has now made Julianne Moore’s addition to the sci-fi-ish franchise official.
Press release ahoy:
Lionsgate announced today that four-time Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore (BOOGIE NIGHTS, THE HOURS, THE END OF THE AFFAIR and FAR FROM HEAVEN) has joined the cast of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2 as President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol.
Moore will star opposite Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the third and fourth installments of the global blockbuster HUNGER GAMES franchise, slated for release in November 2014 and November 2015, respectively. She will join new cast members including Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson and Evan Ross.
In addition to her four Oscar-nominated roles, Moore has previously starred in CRAZY STUPID LOVE, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, CHILDREN OF MEN and last year’s HBO political drama film GAME CHANGE, which netted her an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award®. She will next be seen in DON JON, SEVENTH SON and CARRIE.
Moore is represented by CAA and Management 360.
This is actually pretty good casting, because Moore seems perfect for the role: a strong leader who proves to be more than a tad shady as time goes on.
“Mockingjay”, which will adapt the final novel by Suzanne Collins in her “Hunger Games” trilogy, is set for 2014 and 2015, and will star Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson as kids rebelling against the evil empire of Panem.