Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage joins the cast of new prequel The Hunger Games

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Peter Dinklage will join the cast of new prequel Hunger Games (Image: Neilson Barnard/FilmMagic)

The highly anticipated prequel to the Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, has just announced its newest cast member – Peter Dinklage.

The Emmy-winning actor will play Casca Highbottom, the Dean of The Academy, an elite school for wealthy children in the Capitol.

Based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, the series follows the original story’s President Snow (played by Tom Blyth) during his youth.

The story takes place many years before the events of the original books and films – long before figures like Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are born, and long before Snow becomes President of Panem.

As the 10th annual Hunger Games approaches, Snow is assigned to mentor Baird (played by Rachel Zegler), a young girl from impoverished District 12.

The arrival of Dinklage, 53, for the production was announced by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President Nathan Kahane.

Editorial use only. No use of book covers. Mandatory Credit: Photo by HBO/BSkyB/Kobal/REX (10222109ai) Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones TV Show Season 8 - 2019 Nine noble families struggle for control of the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy follows has been dormant for thousands of years.

Dinklage won four Emmys for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones (Image: HBO/BSkyB/Kobal/REX)

Donald Sutherland as President Snow.

President Snow was portrayed by Donald Sutherland in the films of the 2010s (Image: Lionsgate)

“With production underway we couldn’t be more excited about how this cast came together and we’re thrilled to welcome Peter Dinklage to Panem,” he said.

He continued, “Peter is not just a popular actor who brings a confident presence to every role he plays. He’s one of the finest actors alive.’

“He will bring impressive, charismatic authority to the important role of Dean of the Academy.”

Director Francis Lawrence added, “Dean Highbottom is one of the most powerful people in Snow’s life.”


West Side Story star Rachel Zegler has been cast in the prequel The Hunger Games (Image: Getty/Rex)

He continued, “As the stern and vengeful face of the Games, he sets the rules that will determine every aspect of Coriolanus’ fate. I’m thrilled that Peter will bring it to life.”

Dinklage won four Emmys for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones – a character he played for all eight seasons of that series after becoming the first person to be cast on the show.

Editorial use only. No use of book covers. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock (3314190c) Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games Catching Fire - 2013

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch in the Hunger Games film series (Credits: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

He also received a 2011 Golden Globe and a 2020 Screen Actor’s Guild Award for his work on the HBO fantasy series.

Since the end of Game of Thrones, Dinklage has appeared in the musical Cyrano, for which he received a Critics Choice Award nomination and a Satellite Award nomination.

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