Julianne Moore is a big fan of the Hunger Games series, so much so that she directly approached Mockingjay – Part 1 director Francis Lawrence about securing the role of President Alma Coin, the tenacious leader of District 13 who leads the revolution against the Capitol.
“She actually sort of tracked us down and had an interest in the books through her kids,” Lawrence says.
The Golden Globe winner’s interest acted as an audition, he notes.
“She didn’t audition. Once we knew she wanted it, that was it—done,” Lawrence says, laughing. “I sat down with her, she had great ideas, we got along and that was it.”
“There’s more of her in this than in the book, and because of that, there’s some development,” Lawrence says. “I think the character has developed into something pretty amazing. And Julianne was a big part of that.”
Hmm, I’m not sure how I feel about that, actually. I’m not sure what about her character deserves more time and development. But Lawrence did a great job with Catching Fire so maybe he’s onto something.