June 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM
Julianne Moore to join ‘Hunger Games’
As I’ve noted before, Julianne Moore is this year’s Jessica Chastain, and not just because she’s a redhead: Moore, like Chastain a couple of years back, has an insane number of movies coming out: We’ve already seen “What Maisie Knew,” and next up comes “The English Teacher,” “Don John,” “Carrie,” and “Seventh Son” before the end of the year, and “Non-Stop” and David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” next year. And she’s got a busy TV career as well, with an Emmy win last year for her note-perfect Sarah Palin in “Game Change” and a recurring role on “30 Rock.” (I miss you, Nancy Donovan.) In the movie business since the early ’90s, she’s had four Academy Award nominations (for “Far from Heaven,” “The Hours,” “The End of the Affair” and “Boogie Nights”) — a long way from her early years in soaps (she was a regular on “As the World Turns,” and also turned up on “The Edge of Night”). Now comes news today of a new milestone in her career: her first role in a big-budget franchise movie. (Hey, she deserves the bucks.) Moore is reportedly in talks to play District 13 leader Alma Coin in the third and fourth installments of the “Hunger Games” movies. I’m not far enough in the books to know much about this role (I tend to read along with the movies), but I’m hoping this means some Effie Trinket-style costuming, which Moore will no doubt wear with flair.