The prolific actor has been cast in the key role of "cruel and ruthless" President Snow

By Sara Hammel
May 31, 2011 03:30 PM

The Hunger Games has elected its leader: Veteran actor Donald Sutherland has been cast as sinister President Snow in the film adaptation of in the dystopian trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sutherland’s character is described as “cruel and ruthless in his intimidation and control tactics – especially toward Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen.

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