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Rock musician Lenny Kravitz is the latest to sign on to the enormous cast of Lionsgate's adaptation of 'The Hunger Games'. The film - adapted from the best-selling series of young adult sci-fi novels by Suzanne Collins - takes place in a future world where America has succumbed to drought, fire, famine, and war and has re-emerged as a 12-district country called Panem. Each year, Panem hosts "The Hunger Games" - a vicious Olympic-like competition where two young members of each district are pitted against each other in deadly battle while the nation watches. When her younger sister is selected, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) instead volunteers to take her place.
Kravitz has signed on to play the role of Cinna, the stylist assigned to Katniss upon entering the Games. Much like the Olympics, each Hunger Games involves it's fair share of spectacle and celebration, and Cinna's unusual designs (including one that literally ignites the wearer in synthetic flames) help Katniss gain the audience's favor. Kravitz actually gained director Gary Ross's favor with his work in 2009's 'Precious' - "It was quiet and strong and understated and open-hearted: all qualities which define this character", Ross said.
With 12 districts, 24 competitors, a legion of support characters, politicians, and workers, the cast list for 'Hunger Games' grows larger every day. Currently, the film is set to star (big inhale): Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Willow Shields, Wes Bentley... and that's not even naming the majority of tween-to-teen age actors who have been cast as the actual competitors. 'The Hunger Games' began shooting last week in North Carolina, and the film is expected to arrive in theaters on March 23rd, 2012.