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Lenny Kravitz and Toby Jones enter The Hunger Games

05.24.2011by:
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Filming has already begun on the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' THE HUNGER GAMES, but we're still putting faces to some of the secondary roles.

As previously rumored, rocker Lenny Kravitz will play Cinna, the stylist tasked with creating memorable costumes for heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

Director Gary Ross explained the casting: "When I saw Lenny's work in PRECIOUS I was just knocked out. It was quiet and strong and understated and open hearted; all qualities which define this character. I'm really looking forward to this ride."

The movie has also added actor/caricature Toby Jones (INFAMOUS) as game announcer Claudius Templesmith. We'll next see Jones alongside the Red Skull as villain Arnim Zola in CAPTAIN AMERICA.

Already cast in THE HUNGER GAMES are Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Woody Harrelson as drunken mentor Haymitch Abernathy, Wes Bentley as Gamemaker Seneca Crane,  Elizabeth Banks as pink-wigged escort Effie Trinket, and Stanley Tucci as flamboyant interviewer Caesar Flickerman (plus all the remaining teens who will, as you can safely assume, be slaughtered in the contest). The Lionsgate movie arrives on March 23, 2012.

The HUNGER GAMES synopsis: "Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love."

Extra Tidbit: If you really want to annoy people, sing just the guitar hook from Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way" over and over and over. Guaranteed to work!
Source: LA Times

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12:15AM on 05/25/2011
I really liked the book but i'm starting to realize how ridiculous this movie is going to be.
I really liked the book but i'm starting to realize how ridiculous this movie is going to be.
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12:28AM on 05/25/2011
I haven't read the book, but this sounds an awful lot like Battle Royale.
Also, Toby Jones wasn't in 'Capote'. He played Capote in 'Infamous'.
I haven't read the book, but this sounds an awful lot like Battle Royale.
Also, Toby Jones wasn't in 'Capote'. He played Capote in 'Infamous'.
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9:37AM on 05/25/2011
That was what I thought initially. Obviously you can't avoid the similarities between it and books like Battle Royale or The Running Man, but the plot of all three books goes well beyond just "the Games." The reason behind the games is also much more sinister than only population control, like in BR.
That was what I thought initially. Obviously you can't avoid the similarities between it and books like Battle Royale or The Running Man, but the plot of all three books goes well beyond just "the Games." The reason behind the games is also much more sinister than only population control, like in BR.
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5:06AM on 05/25/2011
Thank you Lenny Kravitz for having such a smokin' hot daughter.
Thank you Lenny Kravitz for having such a smokin' hot daughter.
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9:35AM on 05/25/2011
Kravitz is an interesting choice for Cinna, but I'm eager to see if it will play on screen.
Kravitz is an interesting choice for Cinna, but I'm eager to see if it will play on screen.
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11:48AM on 05/25/2011

This could be great

So I loved Battle Royale, and one of my friends told me they were making an american version called hunger games. I picked up the book and read it, it wont't be nearly as awesome as Battle Royale, but this could be pretty sweet. Then someone was like, "dude, that is a chick book, almost as bad as Twilight." I don't see that at all, if you haven't read the book, I would suggest it. Fun read and it isn't very long.
So I loved Battle Royale, and one of my friends told me they were making an american version called hunger games. I picked up the book and read it, it wont't be nearly as awesome as Battle Royale, but this could be pretty sweet. Then someone was like, "dude, that is a chick book, almost as bad as Twilight." I don't see that at all, if you haven't read the book, I would suggest it. Fun read and it isn't very long.
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