As if this film couldn't get anymore jampacked with names, Deadline reports that Toby Jones has just joined the cast of Lionsgate's Hunger Games adaptation. His addition comes right on the heels of director Gary Ross hiring Lenny Kravitz (yes, you read that right) to play Cinna, Katniss Everdeen's assigned fashion stylist for the highly ceremonial lead up to The 74th Annual Hunger Games.
As for Jones, he'll work alongside Stanley Tucci as host/narrator of the games, and seeing these two together is an exciting prospect. They couldn't be more different physically, but in terms of talent they are more or less neck and neck. As guides of the games, they will undoubtedly pepper the picture with personality. While Jones' hiring just happened, director Ross was able to give a statement about Kravitz' involvement:
"When I saw Lenny's work in 'Precious', I was blown away. It was quiet and strong and understated and open-hearted; all qualities which define this character. I'm really looking forward to this ride." Sounds good! With a cast as expansive and strong as this, The Hunger Games is going to be a huge international hit and the beginning of a whole new beloved film franchise.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and more co-star in the film, which hits theaters on March 23rd 2012.
Source: Deadline, Lionsgate