The 3 time Oscar nominee best known for such films as “Boogie Nights” and “The Hours” will play the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol, Alma Coin. In addition to Moore’s casting announcement, other additions to the franchise include Stef Dawson, Evan Ross and Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer.
Moore will appear in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”, both adapted from the final book in the trilogy with the same title. The films will be directed by “I am Legend” and Francis Lawrence. Lawrence took over helming the franchise after Gary Ross directed the first installment “The Hunger Games” in 2012.
“The Hunger Games” which was released in 2012 is based on a post-apocalyptic young adult fantasy/sci-fi book trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence as female protagonist Katniss Everdeen grossed $691 million dollars globally off a roughly modest budget for blockbusters of $78 million.
After Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the 2013 Academy Awards, there was fear she would not appear in films 3 and 4. Rumors circulated that Lawrence would not appear in the final 2 installments of the film due to her per film payout being substantially increased. But with Lawrence on board, Philip Seymour Hoffman and now Julianne Moore added, pulling some veteran weight, the films are full steam ahead.
Rumors are that the 2nd installment in the franchise “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has a budget of double the 1st film. It would be safe to assume Liongate is attempting to turn this franchise into a billion dollar per film deal in the ranks of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.
“Catching Fire” releases November of 2013, Moore will appear in Mockingjay Part-1 & 2 in November of 2014 and 2015.