John C. Reilly Offered Role in 'Hunger Games', Malcomson Joins, Too
Ohhh boy, are you ready for more casting on The Hunger Games? This isn't going to stop until Lionsgate fills up that chart on Facebook on all 12 of the "tributes." First up, THR reports solid casting news stating that actress Paula Malcomson, seen on "Deadwood", "Sons of Anarchy" and "Caprica" on TV, will play Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Prim's (Willow Shields) mother in the film. Big role for her. In addition to that news, Vulture is reporting that none other than John C. Reilly was offered the role of Haymitch Abernathy, an alcoholic mind you, in The Hunger Games, adapted from Suzanne Collins' novels. Read on!
It doesn't sound like Reilly's casting is confirmed yet, as he was also apparently in the running for a role in Sam Raimi's Oz but is now considering taking this instead, as the offer is out to him. Haymitch Abernathy is the only living person from Panem's District 12 to ever win the Hunger Games, and now serves as a mentor to district tributes Katniss and Peeta. Sounds like a fun character, but does John C. Reilly really fit in this universe? I'm don't know, I haven't read the books, but it seems like director Gary Ross is going all over casting it. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Amandla Stenberg, Leven Rambin, Jack Quaid are already cast. This will continue as Lionsgate is aiming to make a March 23rd, 2012 release date.