Lionsgate announced Friday, September 13th, that four-time Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore (“Boogie Nights,” “The Hours,” “The End of the Affair” and “Far From Heaven”) has joined the cast of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2” as President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol.
Moore will star opposite Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the third and fourth installments of the “Hunger Games” franchise, slated for release in November 2014 and November 2015, respectively. Other new cast members including Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson and Evan Ross.
In addition to her four Oscar-nominated roles, Moore has previously starred in “Crazy Stupid Love,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Children of Men” and last year’s HBO political drama film “Game Change,” which netted her an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award®. Moore has no fewer than 3 features currently pending release, and will next be seen in “Don Jon,” “Seventh Son” and “Carrie.”
The official synopsis is as follows:
Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2” make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
The first installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise is the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time and grossed nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. The second film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” opens worldwide on November 22, 2013. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” will be released worldwide on November 21, 2014 and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” opens November 20, 2015.