It has been an incredibly busy month for The Hunger Games as a slew of casting has been revealed and the latest of this news is John C Reilly joining the cast of The Hunger games. According to Vulture John will play the role of Haymitch Abernathy the only living survivor of the District 12 Hunger Games who mentors the tributes including Katniss Everdeen which is being played by Jennifer Lawrence.
Vulture also reports that John C Reilly was supposed to have a small role in the upcoming Sam Raimi remake of the Wizard of Oz but passed on that project to take on a large role in The Hunger Games. If the first film is a hit with film fans we will see a few sequels at the least and that would mean repeated financial gains for John.
“The Hunger Games” chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home. The Hunger Games novel has been on the New York Times best seller list for over 100 consecutive weeks. Foreign rights for the book, published by Scholastic have been sold in 41 countries.
Lionsgate will release “The Hunger Games” on March 23, 2012.