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WARNING: Spoilers for the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
If you're a Hunger Games fan, then chances are you probably
check a lot of sites like Down with the Capitol, Mockingjay.net, and HGFiresidechat.
If you do, then you've also probably noticed that there's been a lot of talk
about Alma Coin, the tough military president of District 13 in the final book
of the Hunger Games trilogy, "Mockingjay." Nearly every Hunger Games fan
site out there has thrown out suggestions of which actress should embody this
So, although I'm not really a fan site centered on the Hunger Games,
I thought I'd throw in my two cents.
First, let's talk about what we know about Coin. She first appears on
page 10 of the U.S. hard cover copy of "Mockingjay." Katniss
describes her as such, "She's fifty or so, with gray hair that falls in an
unbroken sheet to her shoulders... Her eyes are gray, but not like those of
people from the Seam. They're very pale, as if almost all the color has been
sucked out of them." Already she sounds a little bit dangerous.
We also know that at first, everyone trusts her. Katniss doesn't necessarily
like her, but she doesn't kill her immediately, which is a good sign. That not
only means that the actress assigned to play Coin must get the audience to
trust her, but that she still has to seem dislikeable enough that when Katniss
kills her, they aren’t so taken back that the whole thing becomes unbelievable
and they find it cheesy, or think that the writers needed something else to
shock the audience, got lazy, and decided to kill someone off randomly.
That's probably the biggest problem with some of the fan casts
for Coin. A lot of people are trying to get actresses that played villains into
him past, to play a villain in this movie. If you saw the Wicked Witch of
Narnia on screen playing Coin, you'd probably realize immediately that she was
up to no good, and be shocked when any of the characters trust her.
So, no. I'm sorry. No villains please. Don't give away the ending.
There's also the opposite problem that the characters might trust her
too much. If the audience trusts Coin too much, grows to care for her,
and is head over heels for her, when Katniss shoots her, no one will be
thrilled. Plus, if Coin doesn’t act suspicious enough, it'll seem pointless to
kill her in the first place, and her whole character looses its purpose.
So what actor can act sincere enough to get the audience to trust her
while still kindling a spark of suspicious in the back of their mind?
The fist actress that pops into my head is Alex Kingston. I've only
seen her in Doctor Who (and I'm still only on the 6th season,) but she seems
perfect for the role. Admittedly, she doesn't quite look the part--her hair
doesn't fall in a perfectly straight sheet--but the makeup department can work
Think about it. The more you see her in Doctor Who, the more you know
something's up with her, and the more you suspect she may not always have the
best intentions in mind. Despite that, you can't help but trusting her with the
And that's exactly what Coin needs to do. She has to be a strong leader,
who can convincingly play a woman willing to sacrifice anything for the greater
good of the people while still seeming ruthless, and a little bit crazy.
Anyways, that's my little rant about casting Coin. What actress do you
think should play Coin, and why? Do you think Alex Kingston would make a good
Coin? What else makes a good Coin? Leave a comment!