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Among the new actors Francis Lawrence has recruited for his two-part adaptation of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the most interesting might be Julianne Moore. The actress has been rumored to play Alma Coin, the character who first appears in Mockingjay, the third installment of Suzanne Collins‘ dystopian YA trilogy.

Now Moore has been confirmed for the role. She’ll join the returning cast from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which hits theaters this November, and other new recruits Natalie Dormer,  Evan Ross, and Stef Dawson. Read More »

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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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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 »

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