Stanley Tucci has joined the cast of the film "The Hunger Games," which stars fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence.
The 50-year-old actor will play Caesar Flickerman, the "upbeat" host of the Hunger Games, a televised event that sees a boy and a girl from different districts fight each other to the death, the production company Lionsgate said in a statement. The film is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins and is set for release on March 23, 2012.
Tucci earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as a killer in the 2009 movie "The Lovely Bones" and starred opposite Meryl Streep in the films "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Julie & Julia." He played a father in the comedy "Easy A" and an assistant to Cher's leading character in the 2010 musical movie "Burlesque."
Tucci also appears as Abraham Erskine in the upcoming superhero film "Captain America: The First Avenger," set for release on July 22.
Lawrence is playing heroine Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Others who have been cast in the film include Wes Bentley of "American Beauty," who will play head game mastermind Seneca Crame, Elizabeth Banks, who will take on the role of Effie Trinket and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who portray Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, who compete for Everdeen's affections.
Others linked to the film include Jack Quaid, the son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi and Amanda Stenberg.