Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Casting on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 and 2 began well before its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire even opened. And now that Catching Fire‘s record-setting opening has squashed any remaining doubts about the future of the franchise, Mockingjay is only going to pick up steam.
Prison Break star Robert Knepper is the newest name to sign up for the highly anticipated sequel, joining fellow series newcomers Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, and Lily Rabe. What’s really interesting about his casting, though, is that he seems to be playing an original character created just for the movies. More about his role after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Hunger Games series certainly has the sprawling cast to match its epic feel. Julianne Moore, Lily Rabe, Natalie Dormer, Evan Ross, and Stef Dawson have all boarded The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2 in the past several weeks, and now actors from Homeland, The Unit, and House of Cards have been tapped to join them. Hit the jump to learn about the latest additions.
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Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still a couple of months away from theaters, but with a back-to-back-to-back shooting schedule planned, director Francis Lawrence doesn’t really have the luxury of taking his time. So casting is already barreling forward on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, which open in 2014 and 2015.
The newest addition to the cast is Lily Rabe, star of FX’s American Horror Story. She joins a fast-growing roster that includes Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Evan Ross, and Stef Dawson in addition to the usual returning stars. Hit the jump to find out whom she’s playing.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Although The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still three months away from theaters, casting on the next two installments is already heating up. Hot on the heels of last week’s news that Natalie Dormer would play Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 comes the announcement that director Francis Lawrence has also added Evan Ross and Stef Dawson.
Ross will play Cressida’s cameraman Messalla, while Dawson will portray Annie Cresta, love interest of Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin). Learn more about the actors and their characters after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Natalie Dormer is jumping from the Game of Thrones to The Hunger Games. The British actress has been cast in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Parts 1 & 2, as announced by Lionsgate today. Francis Lawrence is directing the two-part finale, which will open over the next two years. Hit the jump to find out whom she’s playing; vague series spoilers ahead for those who haven’t read the novels.
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Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Francis Lawrence cast several intriguing actors in juicy new roles for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now he’s getting a head start locking down still more great talent for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The director is reportedly eyeing Julianne Moore to play Alma Coin, a prominent character who first appears in the third installment of Suzanne Collins‘ dystopian YA trilogy. Get more details after the jump.
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Briefly: The second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, has just been shooting in and around Atlanta, but Lionsgate is already thinking forward to the next two films in the series which will adapt the third novel as two films. The first stage of the process in getting Mockingjay to work as a two-parter is scripting, and the studio has tapped Danny Strong to write the screenplay. Strong had good headlines recently when he won two Emmys for producing and writing the HBO Sarah Palin movie Game Change and he wrote The Butler for Lee Daniels.
I won’t post the full synopsis of Mockingjay for fear of the people who are afraid of spoilers, but suffice to say it involves the continuing story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her tense relationship with the powers that be in The Capitol who try to keep weary citizens under control through the Hunger Games. The first part of Mockingjay will hit on November 21, 2014, while the second will open on November 20, 2015. Francis Lawrence is directing Catching Fire, but we don’t yet know if he’ll continue on with the series. [Variety]
Lionsgate recently revealed a plan to turn the final Hunger Games novel, Mockingjay, into two films rather than one. The release dates for those last two chapters are already set, for November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015. Given that the second film, which has yet to even shoot, and is still announcing cast members, opens on November 22, 2013, that means there are three consecutive Thanksgivings with Hunger Games releases to come.
But there might be one problem with that plan: the aggressive release schedule means that Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence might not be able to helm the third and fourth films. And so Lionsgate is already looking for his Hunger Games successor. Read More »
Three major release dates were announced Tuesday, the biggest being the official dates for the first and second half of the final Hunger Games film, Mockingjay. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be released November 21, 2014 while its follow up, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be out a year later, November 20, 2015. The second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is coming November 22, 2013, meaning three years in a row The Hunger Games will rule Thanksgiving.
Also, the action film Need for Speed, based on the popular EA racing franchise, will be released February 7, 2014. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct. [Source: Deadline]