Although The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn’t hit theaters until this November, director Francis Lawrence is quickly getting the sequel ready for November 2014. Considering that the Hunger Games movies traditionally start production in September, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will most likely follow suit next month. While the film’s principal leads such as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are locked for production The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Lionsgate has started adding more actors to the cast of the third installment in The Hunger Games film franchise.
As reported on ComingSoon, actor Natalie Dormer has been cast for both parts of Mockingjay. Dormer will play the role of Cressida, a film director from the Capitol who ends up joining the rebellion along with her assistant Messalla and her cameramen Castor and Pollux.
Natalie Dormer is a 31-year-old British actor most recognizable as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s Game of Thrones. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance for her role as Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors in 2009. She also has a small role in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger as Private Lorraine, who tries to steal a kiss from Steve Rogers.
As for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate has released the first of many “Victory Banners” featuring the contestants for the Third Quarter Quell or 75th Hunger Games. The first banner shows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in their neat-o black-and-gray wetsuits for the underwater arena of the deadly competition. The hashtag “#VictoryRevealed” is for fans to guess which contestants will appear next on the latest Victory Banner.
This is part of Lionsgate’s amazing viral marketing campaign at TheHungerGamesExplorer.com. Lionsgate recently teamed up with Cover Girl to launch a new campaign featuring the outlandish fashion of the Capitol for the fictional magazine Capitol Couture. While I’m not into fashion, it’s a great way to spread awareness of The Hunger Games to a bigger audience.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire picks up immediately after the first film. Katniss and Peeta return to District 12 as newly crowned champions of the Hunger Games, but the pair’s homecoming is short-lived when they have to go back on the road for the annual Victory Tour. While on the road, Katniss learns more about the emerging rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow, as she’s quickly becoming the new symbol for hope. Katniss and Peeta later participate in the Third Quarter Quell, or 75th Hunger Games, which is made up of the past winners from the last 25 Hunger Games.
Director Francis Lawrence has his work cut out for him because, while he’s busy cutting together Catching Fire, he also has to prep Mockingjay – Part 1. Mockingjay should be in its second month of production when Catching Fire premieres.
Catching Fire features Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer, Jeffrey Wright, and Sam Claflin as fan-favorite Finnick Odair.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters on November 22, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open on November 21, 2014, and Part 2 on November 20, 2015. All three films will be presented in IMAX.