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Julianne Moore Might be Our President Coin in Mockingjay

With second installment of the Hunger Games film franchise, Catching Fire, only a few months out, it’s about time to start nailing down those characters that remain to be introduced in the third and fourth installments Mockingjay. One of those characters is Alma Coin, and there’s pretty much nothing I can say about her that aren’t spoilers for Mockingjay and Catching Fire, so if you haven’t read the books, you should probably just skip the rest of this post after this next sentence.

According to Deadline, director Francis Lawrence is looking at Julianne Moore to play Coin.

Deadline doesn’t mention, however, that Lawrence has actually contacted Moore, so take it with a grain of salt.

I can’t say that the casting doesn’t seem spot on, though. President Coin is the [I said there would be spoilers, didn't I?] leader of District 13, which holds near mythical status to Katniss and her friends. Most do not suspect that there are actually organized survivors in District 13, since the Capitol razed the entire District in the war that lead to the creation of the Hunger Games. Coin becomes a very grey figure in the first half of Mockingjay, embodying the principles of her district that have allowed it to survive for so many years: sacrifice, pragmatism, and precise organization. With Katniss’ power as a figurehead for a revolutionary movement, she is among the leaders who coerce, manipulate, and browbeat Katniss into participating in propaganda. In the end of Mockingjay she reveals the true extent of her zealotry, as well as the lengths she’ll go to use Katniss’ fame for her own ends.

It’s a great villain role, and it’s rare, in Hollywood, that such a nuanced sort of evil would be a role given to a female actor. I’d be really interested in seeing how Moore tackles the part, should she sign on to the production.

(via Deadline)

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  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    I approve of this casting.

  • Anonymous

    I love her and I love this idea.

  • Christin

    An excellent choice but I’m still holding out for Tilda Swinton.

  • Anonymous

    YES. That’s my fantasy casting right there.

  • Anonymous

    Swinton could do it easily, but she also has embodied the cold-faced villain before (Constantine, Chronicles of Narnia). I would like Moore because she has a more Plain Jane look. It’d be more interesting to me to see a Plain Jane type interpret the pragmatic realities that lead, I assume, a regular human being to potentially “villainous” choices as a leader of her people against a Capitol more than willing to destroy them.

  • Anonymous

    How come nobody has mentioned Kate Mulgrew, yet? I think she should be in the running, given that she played a Starfleet Captain, Captain Katherine Janeway… Not an easy role for anybody… She could have been a horny dolt(?)/cad like Kirk, but still… She turned in a fantastic performance… Or how about Jeri Ryan? Roxanne Dawson?

  • Anonymous

    I’m totally on board with this idea. She’s basically who I pictured when I read the books!

  • Foxfire

    Now I’m torn, I really hated the third book for what they did to Katniss. But I’ve been in love with Julianne Moore since Evolution…

    Is there a way I can see it and the money I pay goes straight to Julianne Moore? Maybe I should just send her a card with my ticket money and not watch it.

  • Alice Ruppert

    I’d love it. She’s just perfect!

  • Jennifer Bullock

    No!!!!! Nan from True Blood is Coin. Either that or she should be the bad boss in the Ugly Series if it ever gets made.

  • Joanna

    Holy crap it couldn’t be more perfect! =D

  • AnnaB

    This works for me on so many levels.

  • Melissa

    Every time I read the book, I always thought of Sigourney Weaver as Coin.