EXCLUSIVE: As The Hunger Games moves into the final two movies culled from the Suzanne Collins novel Mockingjay, I’ve heard that Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence are eyeing Julianne Moore to play the role of President Alma Coin. She is the manipulative politician who figures brightly in the finale as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes a symbol of rebellion against the autocratic Capitol government. This is likely to happen quickly, and Moore would star in both of the final films, which brings back Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and the returning cast along with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who will be making his first appearance in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which the studio is planning to bring to San Diego Comic-Con in July. Color Force’s Nina Jacobson is producing the series.
This comes at a time when Moore has a lot of good stuff going. The actress, who’s coming off her Emmy-winning portrayal of Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change; plays the twisted mom in the Kim Peirce-directed Carrie remake; stars opposite Jeff Bridges in Seventh Son for Warner Bros; and opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon, which Gordon-Levitt wrote and directed. I saw the latter film in Sundance, and there is a strong performance by Moore, on the order of The Kids Are All Rright. She’s repped by CAA and Management 360.