Mockingjay

It really wasn’t that long ago that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit theaters. Indeed, it’s still in theaters in most parts of the country. But with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 due out later this year, Lionsgate isn’t wasting any time getting the publicity machine up and running.

The first teaser poster for the upcoming sequel has just arrived, and it’s of a piece with the fiery teaser posters for the other films. Check it out after the jump.

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Mockingjay

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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Mockingjay

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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Lily Rabe

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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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 »

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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