John C. Reilly to Play Haymitch in 'The Hunger Games?'

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If this ends up being true, well, we like this almost as much as Elizabeth Banks being cast as Effie Trinket.

File this under "rumor" for now, but Vulture is reporting that the producers of "The Hunger Games" are in talks with John C. Reilly to play the role of the hard-drinking yet well-meaning Haymitch Abernathy.  

Haymitch is the only living person from District 12 to ever win the Hunger Games and now serves as a mentor to district tributes Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

Reilly had recently been in talks to join Sam Raimi's "Oz, the Great and Powerful" as the sidekick to James Franco's Oz, but those talks have reportedly stalled... could his possible involvement with "The Hunger Games" be the reason?

This would be absolutely perfect casting... which is why we're currently taking it all with a grain of salt. Stay tuned for developments, which will hopefully involve an iron-clad confirmation.