With filming scheduled to begin soon, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is rounding out the cast for the sequel to this year’s mammoth hit. Today Lionsgate announced that Lynn Cohen (Munich) has been cast in the role of Mags.
Mags is a previous victor of the Hunger Games, and, hailing from the seafaring District 4, she served as mentor to Finnick Odair and other tributes. In the second book of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, she is forced out of retirement to compete in the 75th installment of televised battle to the death, despite the fact that she is 80 years old.
The character of Mags isn’t incredibly important from a plot perspective, but she does serve a vital role. Her presence and story arc help humanize another character (I don’t want to spoil anything), and expose him as a more complex and caring individual than you initially think.
Cohen joins returning cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland, as well as newbies Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), and Amanda Plummer (Wiress). Frances Lawrence (I Am Legend) takes over the directing duties from Gary Ross.
There aren’t too many parts left to fill in Catching Fire. The highest profile one is Mags’ mentee, Finnick, and the rumors around that one have been flying. Aside from that, Beetee is the only other sizeable role, and Tony Shaloub’s name has been kicked around there.
The sequel picks up shortly after the events of The Hunger Games, and finds Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) thrust back into the arena amidst simmering revolution in the districts.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled for release November 22nd, 2013.