According to this new interview from Rolling Stone, it looks like Lenny Kravitz didn’t even audition for the role of Cinna. Instead, director Gary Ross just called him up and offered the role. I’m guessing Ross was impressed with Kravitz’s performance in Precious! Lenny also reveals that he is “very excited” about playing Cinna! We are too, Lenny!
Lenny Kravitz was at his home studio in the Bahamas, putting the finishing touches on his album Black and White America (due August 30th), when Gary Ross called this spring. The director offered Kravitz a key role in his film version of The Hunger Games: Cinna, the stylist who becomes a crucial ally for teen heroine Katniss Everdeen in author Suzanne Collins’ bestselling sci-fi novel and its two sequels. “Now, I hadn’t read the book yet, so I didn’t know what it was,” Kravitz tells Rolling Stone. “I go out and get the book, read it – oh, wow.”
Like millions of readers worldwide, Kravitz proceeded to tear through The Hunger Games. He’s currently midway through Catching Fire, the second book in the trilogy. “I’m really excited to be playing Cinna,” he says. “Reading the book, I’m seeing everything – the Capitol, the arena, all this stuff. This world is going to be incredible.”
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