Hey guys. We're not sure if you've heard about this yet, but the folks over at Lionsgate are currently in the process of making a big budget adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins novel "The Hunger Games." You might have seen one or two of the casting announcements.
Well, there's still plenty more where that came from, because Deadline is reporting that veteran character actor Toby Jones has just signed on to join the production.
But who will he be playing?
Jones may not be a familiar name to most "Hunger Games" fans, but he should be a familiar voice, as he's well known to fanboys as the voice of Dobby in the "Harry Potter" films. And with voice roles in the upcoming blockbusters "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," there's no question that he's on a bit of a geek cred roll right now.
Just who he will be playing in "The Hunger Games," though, is still a bit of a small mystery, because, unlike most of the other casting announcement so far, this one isn't from Lionsgate itself but rather through the Hollywood grapevine. And all Deadline has to say about Jones' role is that he will be "playing the host/narrator of the games alongside Stanley Tucci," who has already been outed as TV personality Caesar Flickerman.
That, of course, suggests to most "Hunger Games" fans that Jones must be playing Claudius Templesmith, which makes sense considering Jones is known for his voicework; the role of Templesmith, who is the voiceover announcer for the annual Games, would seem to be a perfect fit. (Note: The Hunger Games Facebook page has confirmed that Jones will indeed be playing Templesmith.)
Whoever he plays, though, the announcement means one thing for "Hunger Games" fans: we're one step closer to the announcements ending and the filming actually beginning.
"The Hunger Games," which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 23, 2012.