Stanley Tucci joins 'The Hunger Games' cast
Veteran actor Stanley Tucci seems to make every movie he's in a little better. So it's encouraging that the actor, probably best known for his comedic role in "The Devil Wears Prada," has signed on to play the flamboyant television host in "The Hunger Games." Lionsgate announced Monday that Tucci will play Caesar Flickerman in the first film of the highly anticipated franchise.
Tucci can next be seen in this summer's "Captain America," playing scientist Abraham Erskine. He will also be in the fall release "Margin Call" with Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany.
With "The Hunger Games" set to begin shooting shortly, casting is almost complete. The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling book centering on a dystopian future where children are forced to compete in annual televised fight to the death still must cast the roles of Haymitch, Cinna and Professor Snow.
With Gary Ross directing a script from Billy Ray, "The Hunger Games" is to open next March.
-- Nicole Sperling
Photo: Stanley Tucci on the Paramount Pictures lot in November 2009. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times