“The Lovely Bones” Oscar nominee joins Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in Lionsgate’s new franchise
"The Hunger Games" is filling up.
Stanley Tucci has signed on to play Caesar Flickerman in Lionsgate's franchise, based Stanley Tucci Picture.jpg” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 298px; ” title=”” />on Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels, Lionsgate announced Monday.
"The Hunger Games” is set in, as young adult novels tend to be, a dystopic world. In this one, teenagers are forced to participate in an annually televized fight-to-the-death events. Flickerman is the relentlessly upbeat host of the games.
Tucci appears in Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger" and Warner Bros. "Jack the Giant Killer."
Lionsgate plans to release the film on March 23, 2012.
It's a big project, and Lionsgate is hoping it'll deliver audiences the way "The Twilight Saga" delivered for Summit Entertainment.
Tucci is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.