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Donald Sutherland cast as President Snow in THE HUNGER GAMES

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 31st, 2011

And, on the ninety-seventh day of casting news, Lionsgate chose their President Snow, and the world rested. Sort of. After weeks and weeks of trickled-out casting news, THE HUNGER GAMES has finally announced their pick for the final major role in the first HUNGER GAMES film. Donald Sutherland has been cast as President Snow, the leader of the nation of Panem.

Snow is an interesting character and, while he doesn't appear much in the first book in Suzanne Collins' Young Adult trilogy, he is an increasingly important character as the series winds on. Sutherland is an unexpected pick for the role - but in a good way. The veteran, multi-lauded actor will add some real gravitas to the films, and I quite look forward to seeing his interpretation of President Snow, a character often referred to as "snakelike" and possessing a very particular smell. It's a role that any actor could have a fun with, a complicated villain who represents everything that young Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) fights against. But a talent like Sutherland will be able to elevate the role to something beyond just a standard issue villain to something much more sinister.

You can check out the press release from Lionsgate after the break.


LOS ANGELES, CA, May 31, 2011- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES are pleased to announce that Donald Sutherland has been cast in the role of President Snow in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel.

SUTHERLAND, star of such iconic films as M*A*S*H, Ordinary People , Klute and Kelly’s Heroes, will next be seen in this summer’s comedy, Horrible Bosses and recently starred in The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Ben Foster, The Eagle with Channing Tatum and the highly-successful long form adaptation of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth.

About The Role

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.

About The Film

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.

THE HUNGER GAMES will be directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Collins’ best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of novels which have developed a global following.

Lionsgate will release “The Hunger Games” on March 23, 2012.

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