Filming has already begun, with Jennifer Lawrence starring as heroine Katniss, who must fight in the televised battle-to-the-death known as the Hunger Games.
Sutherland joins recent additions Amber Chaney (a newcomer who'll play Avox Girl), Toby Jones (cast as Claudius Templesmith) and Lenny Kravitz (Cinna).
In the film, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, Snow is the cruel and ruthless ruler of Panem, the post-apocalyptic nation that's emerged after the fall of North America. During his 25-year-reign, he's become known for his cruel intimidation tactics.
He's described in the book as being small and unassuming, a far cry from Sutherland's intimidating 6-foot-4-inch frame, which he's lent to such villainous roles as the general in 'Outbreak,' serial arsonist in 'Backdraft' and deadly spy in 'Eye of the Needle.'
'The Hunger Games' has a planned March 23, 2012, release date. The rest of the cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and Elizabeth Banks.
[via EW, Lionsgate]