In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson revealed and explained why some characters won’t be in the film. And these characters are: Twill, Bonnie and Darius.
“On how the movie will now introduce District 13, Lawrence would only say that “it was fun figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.” With Bonnie and Twill gone, so too is the scene of Katniss scaling a tree and then leaping over District 12′s electrified fence. And Darius, District 12′s youngest peacekeeper who intervenes during Gale’s whipping and then sentenced to the life of an Avox, is another who didn’t make the leap from page to screen.
If the loss of Darius bums you out (and it should!), know at least that the filmmakers feel your pain. “It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan,” says producer Nina Jacobson. “I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”
Francis Lawrence worked with Suzanne Collins on the script.
RUMOR: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Logo to debut with Breaking Dawn Part 2 screenings
Although, we have no information if this applies in the Philippines as well (assuming this rumor is true). We will update everyone if ever.
All Quarter Quell Tributes are now complete!
Lionsgate made these castings official by filling out the Catching Fire Casting Page on The Hunger Games!
Let’s all welcome:
James Logan- Tribute Boy
Ivette Li- Sanchez- Tribute Girl
Justin Hix- Male Morphling
Megan Hayes- Female Morphling
Bobby Jordan- Blight
John Casino- Woof
Elena Sanchez- Cecelia
Daniel Bernhardt- Tribute Boy
Marian Greene- Tribute Girl
Jackson Spidell- Tribute Boy
Tiffany Waxler - Tribute Girl
JEFFREY WRIGHT CAST AS BEETEE
From the press release:
Santa Monica, CA, September 7, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Hailing from District 3, Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.
Critically acclaimed and known to theater, film and television audiences alike, Wright garnered a Tony® Award in 1994 for his work in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America” and reprised his “Angels” role in HBO’s 2003 mini-series adaptation of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance. Since then he has played memorable roles in films as diverse as BASQUIAT, SOURCE CODE, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, W, SYRIANA, and CADILLAC RECORDS. Wright can next be seen with Mark Walhberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Allen Hughes’ political thriller BROKEN CITY.
IT’S OFFICIAL: SAM CLAFLIN AS FINNICK!
It has been reported by Gossip Cop that Sam Claflin has signed on for the role of Finnick, and now we can say that it’s OFFICIAL as LIONSGATE has just made the announcement!
Sam Claflin apperead in the TV series The Pillars of the Earth and also in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He recently appeared as Prince William in Snow White and the Huntsman.
From the press release:
Santa Monica, CA, August 22, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.
After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONES opposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.
Thoughts? What do you think of Sam being Finnick?
OFFICIAL: Stephanie Leigh Schlund cast as Cashmere in Catching Fire!
Lionsgate just announced that Stephanie Leigh Schlund has been bast as Cashmere for Catching Fire!
Santa Monica, CA, August 14, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Stephanie Leigh Schlund has been cast in the role of Cashmere in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. A former Career tribute from District 1, Cashmere and her brother Gloss are both competing in the Quarter Quell.
Stephanie Leigh Schlund is an Atlanta, Georgia based actress who has appeared in television series including Drop Dead Diva, and films including “The Last Song”. She can next be seen in the upcoming Fox series The Following, premiering this Fall.
In case you missed it, the role of Gloss (Cashmere’s brother) has already been cast, and Alan Ritchson got the role.
Thoughts?? What do you think of Stephanie as Gloss?
OFFICIAL: Maria Howell as Seeder in Catching Fire!
Lionsgate has announced that Maria Howell has been cast as Seeder in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
From the press release:
Santa Monica, CA, August 13th, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Maria Howell has been cast in the role of Seeder in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. A former victor from District 11, Seeder competes in the 75th Annual Hunger Games, also known as the Quarter Quell.
Maria Howell is an Atlanta, Georgia based actress, singer, and voiceover artist best known as the choir soloist from the movie “The Color Purple.” She has also appeared on television in Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, The Vampire Diaries, Meet The Browns, and House Of Payne, and in the acclaimed film “The Blind Side.”
OFFICIAL: E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff!
Lionsgate just announced that E. Roger Mithell has been cast as Chaff in Catching Fire!
Santa Monica, CA, August 10, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that E. Roger Mitchell has been cast in the role of Chaff in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. A tribute from District 11, Chaff won the 45th Annual Hunger Games and will compete in the Quarter Quell.
E. Roger Mitchell is an Atlanta based actor with decades of experience on the stage. His small and big screen roles have included “Battle: Los Angeles”, The Shield, One Tree Hill, and Tyler Perry projects including “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman”, “Daddy’s Little Girls”, and House Of Payne.
Thoughts? What do you think of him being Chaff?