05/31/2011 at 02:50 PM EDT
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.