updated 05/31/2011 AT 2:50 PM ET
•originally published 05/31/2011 AT 3:30 PM ET
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.
He joins Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Wes Bentley in the highly anticipated film, due out in March 2012.