Stanley Tucci Cast in 'Hunger Games,' Has Apparent Book-to-Film Fixation

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Stanley Tucci is the latest actor to be cast in the film adaptation of Hunger Games, the bestselling young adult books series. He will play Caesar Flickerman, and he joins Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, and Liam Hemsworth, who were cast earlier this year. While some of the earlier casting has been controversial, Entertainment Weekly predicts fans will applaud the Tucci choice:

In a move bound to delight even the most wary of Hunger Games fans, Lionsgate announced today that Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) will play smooth-talking interviewer Caesar Flickerman in the film adaptation. Flickerman is a pivotal supporting player throughout Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy.

One reason Hunger Games fans can rest easy that Tucci will do a good job playing Caesar: He knows what he's doing. His role in Hunger Games will be just the latest in a long string of book-to-film adaptations Tucci has done over the course of his career. He also starred in The Devil Wears Prada (an adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel), Julie and Julia (the screen version of Julie Powell's blog-turned-book), and The Lovely Bones (based on Alice Sebold's novel)--not to mention Kit Kittredge: American Girl, which is an adaptation of a book inspired by a line of patriotic dolls.

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