What we at the Fireside Chat had affectionately termed #SnowWatch2011 is now over: Lionsgate just announced that Donald Sutherland will play President Coriolanus Snow, Panem’s leader for at least 25 years before the start of The Hunger Games. Bring on the prosthetics: Like other Capitol residents, Snow indulges in plastic surgery to keep up a young appearance, and seems to have surgically-enhanced lips. He also wears a pungent rose on his lapel, an eerie symbol for such a bloodthirsty leader.
Although there were other actors I was hoping would snag the role, now that I think about it, Sutherland at least has the chilling voice to threaten Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) during her time in the Hunger Games. Fun fact: In the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, he played Buffy’s Watcher Merrick, the character that Giles eventually became in the series.
The Hunger Games is currently filming in North Carolina and will come to theaters on March 23, 2012.