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John C. Reilly cast as Haymitch in THE HUNGER GAMES

John C. Reilly is in talks to play Haymitch Abernathy in Gary Ross's feature adaptation of The Hunger Games. Vulture reports that Reilly will play the role of the "only living person from Panem’s District 12 to ever win The Hunger Games, and now serves as a mentor, albeit an alcoholic one, to district tributes Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson)." For all the information about his character, check out this site. This news comes on the heels of our earlier report that Paula Malcomson joined the cast, which includes Liam Hemsworth, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Leven Rambin, Jack Quaid and Elizabeth Banks.

Be sure to check out all our coverage of The Hunger Games here. I have never read the books, but am a huge fan of Reilly. I think that he sounds like the perfect choice to play this role. The cast continues to get better and better each day.

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