Today Lionsgate unveiled the first images of Julianne Moore as District 13′s President Coin for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. For fans of the series, she looks just as you’d want her to as president of the resistance: severe gray-streaked hair, a solemn expression, yet eyes that reveal a well of emotions and experiences.
She is a character that is being largely invented by the filmmakers. Coin is a key figure in Mockingjay, but one that is predominantly seen through the distrustful eyes of protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Moore talks about the evolution of her character in a video that appears with the first images.
Moore and director Francis Lawrence spent a lot of time discussing who this woman is and what kind of leader she has become. In particular, Moore references a scene in the story when District 13 is bombed by the Capitol and Coin declines to retaliate.
“I think that speaks volumes about who she is as a leader,” says Moore. “She’s not about to risk revealing herself and her population in a fight when she knows they are better served by lying low and letting it blow over.”
Moore read all the Hunger Games books early on and has been a fan of the series from the beginning. “I wanted to be in the movie,” she says. “Clearly this was the only part I could play.”
The first look also reveals that Lionsgate has no plans to hide from the unexpected death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays key character Plutarch Heavensbee in the last two films. One of the two images of Moore as Coin is her seated alongside Hoffman at a table.
Watch more of Moore’s discussion in the below video:
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will debut in theaters on November 21, 2014.