By Meryl Gottlieb| firstname.lastname@example.org| @buzzlightmeryl
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will premiere Nov. 22, 2013
Note: This post contains information about the final installments of a film franchise which may be spoilers to those who have somehow never read the series
There are even more reasons to be anxiously anticipating the continuation of The Hunger Games film franchise. Not only is the premiere of the second film in about two months, but we are slowly learning who will bring the many important characters of the third book, Mockingjay, to life.
Mockingjay follows protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she joins the rebellion to bring down the autocratic Capitol government. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay film will be split into two parts. Part 1 is slated to be released in November 2014 and Part 2 is set for November 2015.
Since Friday, three roles have been cast and will be portrayed by noteworthy actresses. Julianne Moore will play President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol. American Horror Story‘s Lily Rabe will play Commander Lyme, a past District 2 victor and a leader of the rebellion from District 13.
And possibly the most personally exciting news, Broadway’s Patina Miller has been cast as Commander Paylor, a rebel commander who Katniss first meets in District 8. Miller is currently starring on Broadway in the Tony award-winning revival of Pippin in which she won the Tony award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.
Mockingjay will mark Miller’s film debut, and I couldn’t be happier. Not only are Moore and Rabe absolutely incredible actresses, but I know Miller will shine just as bright alongside of them even if it is her first film performance.
Previous announcements included the casting of Stef Dawson, Evan Ross and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer in roles in the final two films.
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