Rocker Lenny Kravitz set to star in film version of "The Hunger Games"
Tue, 24 May 2011
Damian Grass - Celebrity News Service Reporter

Los Angeles, Calif., United States (AHN Entertainment) - Lenny Kravitz is getting ready to star in the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games," which is a role many of the book's readers have been anxious to see filled.

The film's director Gary Ross announced Monday that the singer, who was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his role in the 2009 hit film "Precious," will play the role of Cinna, a beloved character among the series' readers, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The singer-turned-actor will star as a fashion stylist assigned to a 16-year-old contestant as she prepares to participate in a televised event called The Hunger Games, where one girl and one boy fight to the death.

The best-selling trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem, which is where North America once stood.

"When I saw Lenny's work in Precious, I was just knocked out," said Ross. "It was quiet and strong and understated and open-hearted: all qualities which define this character."

The "American Woman" hitmaker will join actors Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the film, which is set to be released on March 23.

Kravits has also appeared in "The Driving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Zoolander," with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

Before showing up to work on the film, Kravitz will be promoting his ninth studio album, "Black and White America," which will be released on Aug. 30.

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