Mockingjay

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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Natalie Dormer

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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Julianne Moore

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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Rebel Wilson (1)

In just a few short years, Rebel Wilson has managed to make quite the impression on the Hollywood comedy scene. She first broke out as Kristen Wiig’s awkward roommate on Bridesmaids and has been working steadily ever since in films like Bachelorette, Pitch Perfect, and the upcoming Pain & Gain.

Now she could be poised to move into more dramatic territory. In a recent interview, Wilson let slip the possibility that she could appear in one of the upcoming installments of The Hunger Games franchise. Hit the jump to learn more.

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How is director Francis Lawrence possibly going to go from directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this year right into The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 in 2014 and 2015 respectively? Might not be easy, but having his screenplays completed nice and early will help.

Emmy-award winning screenwriter Danny Strong, recently in the news due to the success of HBO’s Game Change, was hired to write The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 back in October. His deal had an option for him to write the second part if Lionsgate liked his first script. Well he’s done, they like it, and he’s now working on Part 2. Read More »

Stretching the limits of human ability, Francis Lawrence will reportedly go straight from directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, to directing the series’ two-part finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, scheduled for release November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, on November 20, 2015. Danny Strong has been tasked with splitting Suzanne Collins’ third and final book into two screenplays. Read more after the jump. 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]

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