Lenny Kravitz Cast as Cinna in The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games have been having a very steady stream of casting news coming out every week, but fans soon noticed that one major role just wasn’t getting filled: Cinna.  Not completely up on your Hunger Games characters?  Don’t worry here’s what the release says about the character:

Cinna is Katniss Everdeen’s assigned fashion stylist for the highly ceremonial lead up to The 74th Annual Hunger Games.  Though he’s a mild mannered first time stylist, the designs he creates, such as the “Girl On Fire” costume for the tributes’ live televised debut, are show-stopping.  With odds being set, wagers being placed, and wealthy benefactors able to occasionally intervene in the games, a high public profile is tantamount to a huge advantage for any contestant entering the arena. The stunning and unique designs Cinna creates for Katniss define her public identity, and in an all too real way, could also contribute to her very survival.

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In all, Cinna is a fairly important character, and becomes more so in the later books (just in case they are successful enough for more movies).  While many may balk at Kravitz (a music artist) landing such a big role, I need only point to his performance in Precious for proof of his abilities.  Apparently the director agreed:

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 23, 2011- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES are pleased to announce that iconic musician and actor Lenny Kravitz (PRECIOUS) has been cast in the role of Cinna in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel.

Said director Gary Ross of the casting decision, “When I saw Lenny’s work in PRECIOUS I was just knocked out.  It was quiet and strong and understated and open hearted; all qualities which define this character.  I’m really looking forward to this ride.”

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Honestly, as I’ve been reading these books (and have been consumed by them) I could never really picture any particular actor for this role.  There was no one who stuck out in my mind, but now looking at Kravitz as Cinna, I think it’s going to be a great fit.

The Hunger Games begin March 23, 2012.