10:57am PT by Philiana Ng
Stanley Tucci to Play Caesar Flickerman in 'Hunger Games'
Stanley Tucci has closed a deal to join Lionsgate’s movie adaptation of The Hunger Games.
The actor, who can be seen in the upcoming Captain America, has been cast in the role of Caesar Flickerman, the iconic host of the Hunger Games. In the Suzanne Collins’ novel, Caesar -- known for his “outrageous appearance and buoyant personality” -- interviews the 24 tributes, which are televised for the nation to see.
Tucci is an industry vet, having appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including The Devil Wears Prada, Easy A, The Lovely Bones, Burlesque, Julie & Julia and ER, joining a cast led by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and Paula Malcolmson.
Still left to be announced: tributes Cato and Clove, Haymitch, Cinna and President Snow, among others.
Hunger Games, to be directed by Gary Ross from a script by Billy Ray, is slated for release less than a year from now: March 23, 2012.
Tucci is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.