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Stanley Tucci to host The Hunger Games

Posted by Den Shewman on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

He’ll play outrageous Games host Ryan Seacrest -- er, Caesar Flickerman.


The Hunger Games casting is heating up. On Friday we had Wes Bentley cast as Head Gamemaker, and today Lionsgate announced that they have found the host with the most, the toast of Panem, Caesar Flickerman.

Stanley Tucci, who’s great in pretty much anything he’s in, will play the ebullient and relentlessly upbeat Flickerman. In Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels, the host of the Hunger Games has the disturbing tendency to finding humor in the most depressing situations, and will surely be better than Killian was at his job.

And trust us when we say we think that, if they stick close to his description in the novels, Caesar will outshine Seacrest. The easygoing host is described as having blue hair, a powdered face and wearing “a ceremonial suit, midnight blue dotted with a thousand tiny electric bulbs.” He’s been conducting interviews with the “tributes” (contestants) in the gladiatorial games for over 40 years.

Tucci will next be seen as super soldier serum maker Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger. The Hunger Games is set for a March 23, 2012 release.

 

-Lionsgate

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