Saturday, September 14, 2013

Julianne Moore cast as President Alma Coin in Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2


Seen here as the evil witch, Mother Malkin, in Seventh Son, Julianne Moore continues her fantasy streak with the just announced casting of the actor as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games/Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. 

I haven't made it that far in the series yet - just about to begin Catching Fire actually - so I checked out the character at The Hunger Games Wiki.
"Alma Coin was the President of District 13 and the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol by the people of the districts of Panem. She is the secondary antagonist of Mockingjay, after President Snow and the Capitol. She was first introduced when Katniss Everdeen met her in District 13."  source: The Hunger Games Wiki
hmmm; probably not very likeable. Wondering what diehard fans might be expecting, I checked out Coin's character description at Schmoop.com. According to Schmoop, Coin is one of the few characters given a lengthy physical description.
"She's fifty or so, with gray hair that falls in an unbroken sheet to her shoulders. […] Her eyes are gray, but not like those of people from the Seam. They're very pale, as if almost all the color has been sucked out of them. The color of slush that you wish would melt away. "(1.27)
Now I get why images of Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, and Helen Mirren pop up in my google image search for President Coin. Julianne Moore's red hair color is all wrong but her fragile delicacy of complexion is all right. What these actresses all have in common is a quiet strength coupled with an inner fire that smoulders beneath those serene expressions. Think of Tilda Swinton as the defiant mother of a mass murderer in We need to Talk About Kevin, Helen Mirren in The Debt (or everything she's in), Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons and Blue Jasmine

Still, if I was a fan of the book picturing the prez with a sheet of grey hair, Moore wouldn't figure in my mental picture. I'd probably pick Mirren who at nearly 70 is clearly too old if you go just by the numbers. Which may be what they did. But I love Moore, she's proved her depth and range; with a little help from the colorist, I have no doubt she'll pull off the challenge IF the book fans give her a chance. 

Is the casting of Julianne Moore as President Coin right on the money? 

4 comments:

  1. Oh dear- they're making two movies from Mockingjay? I'm disappointed by that. I just read #2 recently - I didn't like it, having loved the first book. I haven't read Mockingjay yet.

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  2. That's where I'm at; really enjoyed the first one, will have to see whether Catching Fire holds up. Funny, having seen the Hunger Games I realize that my reading of the remaining books is influenced by my feelings about the film and the characters as presented there. Not quite fair to Collins but I guess that's what happens when your crazy best selling trilogy (almost 40 million copies in the states alone)drives fans to theaters in throngs; the film made almost $700,000,000 worldwide. Astounding.

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  3. I've never seen Julianne Moore in a role that she couldn't master. Of course, I don't already have a character in mind since I haven't read the book.

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    1. Me either. Thanks for stopping by Paulita; I was hoping to do a Dreaming of France post this week about a cool new French film but I forgot the name of the movie. Sacre bleu! I aim to find it for this coming Monday:)

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