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PHOTOS: First Look Of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Cast On Set

Remember we posted that principal photography has started for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” a couple days ago?

While we usually don’t approve of posting paparazzi photos on Hunger Games Singapore, we are breaking the rule this time round for they will give us a glimpse of what “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” cast will look like in the movie.

It’s great to see Jennifer Lawrence in her Katniss Everdeen brunette hair and braid again.

In the picture below, Jennifer Lawrence is hurrying on set while The Hob‘s follower @Madinalala spotted “The Idiom” signboard placed in the car, confirming that the working title for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is indeed “The Idiom”. You might remember that the working title for “The Hunger Games” was “Artemis”.

In this photo below, sharp eyed @Madinalala has spotted the trailer door has “Katniss” and “Peeta” written on it.

For more photos of Jennifer Lawrence on set, visit CELEBUZZ.

Meanwhile, Josh Hutcherson who will reprise his role as Peeta Mellark in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is back to blonde.

Sam Claflin who will be playing the highly adored District 4 ‘s 65th Hunger Games victor Finnick Odair in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” get a spray tan and sporting bronze hair.

More photos of Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin on set can be seen at CELEBUZZ.

Alan Ritchson who will play District 1 previous Hunger Games victor, Gloss, has clearly been doing some seriously training to be the ex-Career Tribute Gloss is.

The photo below isn’t taken on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” set but since we are on the topic of cast transforming into the characters, we thought we might as well post this here.

You can view more photos of Alan Ritchson revealing his training results over at Perez Hilton via HG Girl on Fire.

Here’s a picture of Alan Ritchson with a huge umbrella on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” set.

Jena Malone as District 7 previous Hunger Games victor Johanna Mason clad in bathrobe while on “The Hunger Games Catching Fire” set.

A picture of Meta Golding as District 2’s 62nd Hunger Games victor Enobaria on “The Hunger Games Catching Fire” set.

Willow Shields who will reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen’s younger sister, Primrose Everdeen, was spotted on set too.

Lynn Cohen who will play Mags, a previous Hunger Games victor from District 4, was seen on set with long curly grey hair.

E. Roger Mitchell who will play Haymitch Abernathy’s good friend Chaff, 45th Hunger Games victor from District 11, was seen in bathrobe on set.

Amanda Plummer who will portray District 3’s previous Hunger Games victor “Nuts” Wiress being shielded from the sun on set.

Jeffrey Wright who will play District 3’s previous Hunger Games winner “Volts” Beetee doing his homework with a copy of “Mockingjay”, the last book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy, in his hands.

Stephanie Leigh Schlund as District 1’s previous Hunger Games victor Cashmere on set.

Last but not least, Bruno Gunn as District 2’s previous Hunger Games victor Brutus was  spotted on set too.

More photos of the cast on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” set can be seen at Just Jared via Hunger Games Fireside Chat.

What do you think of their looks so far? Please remember these are just photos of the cast on set. Final look will be different after makeup, costume, lighting etc.

The Hunger Games, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and DVD and Blu-Ray are now available. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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BREAKING: Jena Malone is casted as Johanna Mason!

And yes! Johanna is casted! The Hunger Games and Lionsgate News Twitter accounts both have tweeted that she is casted as Johanna.

The official press release from Lionsgate can be seen below:

JENA MALONE CAST AS JOHANNA MASON IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Santa Monica, CA, July 23, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES:CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Jena Malone has been cast in the role of Johanna Mason in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.  Johanna Mason is a female victor from a past Games still in her early twenties, and is one of the youngest, but also one of the most psychologically scarred Quarter Quell participants.

Malone recently starred opposite Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in the History Channel’s Emmy® nominated mini-series Hatfields & McCoys.  The mini-series broke cable records and is the new most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on cable. Her additional credits include Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, andSean Penn’s Into the Wild.  She will soon begin production on Lonely Hunter.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.   Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.

Ongoing casting news and information for the film can be found at: www.CatchingFireCasting.com

Even though Wiress and Plutarch Heavensbee has been casted, but she is the first tribute that appears in Catching Fire for the first time that has been confirmed and announced by Lionsgate.

So… Feeling the heat from Catching Fire yet? Any comments on the casting? Do tell us in the comments below! 😀

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BREAKING: Amanda Plummer Is Wiress As Announced By Lionsgate

Lionsgate has just announced on their official Lionsgate Twitter that Tony and Emmy Awards winner Amanda Plummer is cast as Wiress in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

Official press release from Lionsgate Publicity is as below:

AMANDA PLUMMER CAST AS WIRESS IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Santa Monica, CA, July 17, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that actress Amanda Plummer has been cast in the role of Wiress in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.  The character’s eccentricity earns her the nickname “Nuts” from fellow tributes, and though she doesn’t communicate traditionally, her observations and contributions prove invaluable in the Quarter Quell.

 

Best known to film going audiences from her memorable and award nominated roles in THE FISHER KING and PULP FICTION, Plummer is also a beloved, Tony Award® winning stage actress on and off Broadway.  She can next be seen as the title character in the forthcoming film ABIGAIL HARMS.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.   Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.

Ongoing casting news and information for the film can be found at: www.CatchingFireCasting.com

Amanda Plummer is the second to join “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” cast after Philip Seymour Hoffman cast as Plutarch Heavensbee meanwhile, Jena Malone is also rumoured as being offered the role of Johanna Mason.

What do you think of Amanda Plummer as Wiress? Do tell us in the comments below!

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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RUMOR: Jena Malone Is Lionsgate’s Choice For Johanna Mason

The Hollywood Reporter recently reported 27 years old Jena Malone (pictured below) (Pride & Prejudice, Sucker Punch) is offered the role of Johanna Mason in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

The Sucker Punch actress is in talks to play snide tribute Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, a key role that will be reprised in the trilogy’s third installment,Mockingjay.

Malone has the offer and is in early negotiations for the part, according to sources. The move nixes premature reports that pegged newbie actress-model Zoe Aggeliki as the front-runner to play the ax-wielding former Hunger Games winner from District 7, who aligns with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in their return to the arena for an all-star death match.

The role requires a mix of wit and physicality. Although Mason enjoys some of the best one-liners in the Suzanne Collins novel, her first appearance finds her stripping out of her tribute costume in an effort to make Katniss uncomfortable.

The movie is heading for a late-September start with director Francis Lawrence.

Malone, repped by Gersh and Hirsch Wallerstein, most recently appeared in History’s hit miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

The Hollywood Reporter had also previously reported Philip Seymour Hoffman was offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

Till date, there is no official confirmation from Lionsgate in regards to casting rumours yet so please treat all news as rumours.

What do you think of Jena Malone as Johanna Mason?

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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RUMOR: Mia Wasikowska And Zoe Aggeliki Are In Running For Johanna Mason

According to The Plyalist, both Mia Wasikowska And Zoe Aggeliki are “in the mix” of actresses being considered for the role of Johanna Mason.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” spoilers below.

Sources close to the project tell The Playlist that Mia Wasikowska and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki are in the mix for Johanna Mason. The character becomes a strong ally with Katniss and Peeta during the 75th Hunger Games, but has a testy relationship with Katniss who likens her to an older sister who hates you. She’s a fierce competitor who has no family and friends left in District 7 where she hails, with her weapon of choice being an axe. Director Francis Lawrence is keen on finding the right actress to fit the part, and is looking at both big names and lesser known talents.

Both actresses have been in discussions for the part, and we hear that Aggeliki could sign in the coming days, but nothing is certain just yet. Aggeliki may not be a familiar face at the moment, but she’ll be seen next summer in “R.I.P.D.” and also landed a role in “Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters” as Silena Beauregard. Whoever does snag the role will not only appear in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” but in “Mockingjay” as well, as Johanna figures strongly in that story as well. Production on ‘Catching Fire’ begins later this year, and the film will hit theaters on November 22, 2013.

What do you think of this rumor?

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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Source: The Plyalist via Mockingjay.net

RUMOUR: Dianna Agron to play Johanna Mason?

Clevver TV is reporting Dianna Agron, best known for her role as Quinn Fabray from Glee, is rumoured to play Johanna Mason.

Please consider this as a rumor unless it is confirmed by Lionsgate.

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‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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EW: Who Should Play Finnick, Johanna, Plutarch And Everyone Else?

Last we heard Lionsgate was going offer Francis Lawrence to direct ‘Catching Fire’ which is currently scheduled for a 22 November 2013 release date in United States of America.

*WARNING: Potential ‘Catching Fire’ spoilers in this post.*

With the role of who shall be the director for ‘Catching Fire’ off our mind when Gary Ross left, we noticed Entertainment Weekly has started exploring potential candidates to play the many new characters who will make their debut in ‘Catching Fire’ such as Finnick Odair, Johanna Mason, Plutarch Heavensbee, Beetee, Wiress and Mags just to name a few.

Let’s start with Finnick Odair shall we? Here’s what Entertainment Weekly has to say:

Finnick is incredibly handsome. Really, he’s practically a joke of physical perfection — inCatching Fire, Collins describes him as a muscular, tan, bronze-haired dude with sea green eyes. So he’s either a merman or an Australian. But unlike Australians, Finnick’s beauty masks a bleak inner life: After winning his Hunger Games, he makes a life for himself as a high-class prostitute in the Capitol. It’s a tricky doucheboat-with-a-heart-of-gold role, requiring an actor who can be threatening, but also melancholy, but who can also pull off Finnick’s Caligula-worthy “Golden Net” outfit, which seems destined to test Catching Fire‘s PG-13 rating more than any kid-killing montage.

In Catching Fire, Finnick is about 24. But since the teenage Katniss and Peeta are played by Jennifer Lawrence (21) and Josh Hutcherson (19), it seems likely that Lionsgate would be willing to stretch the age range into the late ’20s or early ’30s. It seems to me that there’s one actor in Hollywood that’d be perfect for the role…but unfortunately, Chris Hemsworth happens to be the older brother of Liam, and it’s a well-known fact that the space-time continuum will implode if two Hemsworths appear in the same movie together. Ryan Gosling would be good, but it’s hard to see him taking a supporting role in a franchise picture. That’s also true ofChanning Tatum — unfortunate, since Tatum has lately been refining a Finnick-esque mixture of handsome-man bravado and sly humor.

More likely, the makers of Catching Fire will go for lesser-known (and cheaper) potential Finnicks. Twilight costar Kellan Lutz and I Am Number Four escapee Alex Pettyfer both have the ripped underwear-model look down, although its unclear if either actor has the gravitas to pull off Finnick’s darker edges. If they wanted to play Finnick as a slightly older character,Luke Evans seems like he could play both Finnick’s caddish and sensitive sides. With a featured role in the upcoming Hobbit duology, a big role in the Hunger Games sequels could turn Evans into a megastar. EW’s Tanner Stransky suggested throwing Grant Gustin fromGlee into the mix.

All good choices, but if you ask me, the best pick for Finnick is another TV actor — Ryan Kwanten, Jason Stackhouse on True Blood. He’s a bit older than book-Finnick, but he can do the rakish-soulful thing pretty well. Anyhow, everyone in Hollywood is older than we think, so don’t hold that against him. Stop being so ageist towards old people, weirdo!

After Finnick Odair, no doubt, the next highly anticipated casting got to be Johanna Mason. Let’s look at Entertainment Weekly‘s choices:

Johanna is a tricky character to pin down. She won her own Hunger Games using a bit of guile — “by very convincingly portraying herself as weak and helpless so that she would be ignored.” But Johanna isn’t just a stealth assassin. She’s also an axe-murdering warrior from Lumberjackland, possessed of what Suzanne Collins describes as “a wicked ability to murder.” Subterfuge or not, there are elements of free-spiritedness to Johanna: The first time Katniss and Peeta meet her, Johanna strips down to nothing but her green slippers. (That might just be how you say hello in District 7. District 7 is so weird, you guys.) Collins doesn’t offer much in the way of physical description of Johanna. She’s got spiky hair and wide-set brown eyes. She’s roughly in her early 20s, and since she’s supposed to be a bit older than Katniss, let’s say that the actress playing Johanna can be anywhere from 1 to 10 years older than Jennifer Lawrence, giving us a rough age range of 22 to 32.

When I read the books, I was visualizing a Michelle Rodriguez-ish character — think Rodriguez circa S.W.A.T. – which unfortunately describes absolutely no other actress, since the finest engineers in Hollywood have struggled for over a decade to invent anyone else who can play the Michelle Rodriguez character. (Rodriguez is probably a bit old for the part. Additionally, if she’s cast, she may accidentally tear off Josh Hutcherson’s head.) Kristen Bellhas reportedly campaigned for the role, an idea which would have seemed much cooler before her curve-ball career turn into rom-coms. Still, Bell’s not a bad choice — there’s something of Johanna Mason in Uda Bengt, the half-fascist captain of the Valhalla Catering team that Bell played on Party Down. Likewise, Naya Rivera has been playing a very Johanna-like character on Glee. (It’s not hard to imagine Santana wielding an axe.)

While we’re talking cheap up-and-coming TV actresses who wouldn’t mind taking a showy supporting role in a big franchise, Emilia Clarke‘s dragon queen on Game of Thrones has the wide-set eyes, the ability to balance internal struggle with external badassery, and a pro-nudity policy. Margarita Levieva had a recurring role on Revenge as a bananagrams-crazy homicidal maniac. Nikita star Lyndsy Fonseca came up frequently in initial conversations about casting Katniss, but Fonseca was always a little too old (and maybe too glam) to play the girl from District 12 — it’s worth throwing her into the mix, if only because mentioning Lyndsy Fonseca in a post about The Hunger Games makes me feel like it’s 2010 all over again. And speaking of 2010, that’s the year that Friday Night Lights star Jurnee Smollett became Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and besides a supporting role in the gone and forgotten The Defenders, she’s been mostly absent from the screen. Maybe that should change.

Then again, maybe focusing on TV actresses is too limiting. After all, Johanna is one of the showiest roles, and she’s a presence in both Catching Fire and Mockingjay — which means the actress playing Johanna will be in two or three or four or even five of the biggest movies of the next few years. (No doubt in 2016, we’ll all be saying, “Man, Mockingjay Part 3 is so depressing, it makes Mockingjay Part 2 look like Mockingjay Part 1!”) So maybe the better comparison here is to a role like Black Widow in Iron Man 2 — so we should be looking at an established movie actress who could use some franchise credentials. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has done a few action movies, although she doesn’t quite have the Johanna thousand-yard stare. That’s not a problem for Rooney Mara, whose Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would fit right into the post-apocalypse of The Hunger Games. As a left-field choice, I’d like to throw in Gemma Arterton, who managed to seem evil in two movies where she was nominally playing the heroine love interest (Clash of the Titans andPrince of Persia. Wow, 2010 again!)

Still, my personal choice might seem even a bit more left field, at least in the sense that it’s as far away from Michelle Rodriguez as humanly possible. What about Mia Wasikowska? The young Australian actress has mostly avoided big Hollywood productions ever since Tim Burton forced her to make faces at green screens in the absurdly popular Alice in Wonderland, and she’s never once done a movie that seems to indicate she could handle carrying an axe. But Wasikowska has a peculiar quality that strikes me as perfect for Johanna — she can seem simultaneously tortured, headstrong, and self-loathing. (Just go back and watch her incredible performance in season 1 of In Treatment.) True, Wasikowska also has a slightly demure Paltrowvian quality, but that could just play into the double nature of Johanna: She looks unthreatening right up until she buries an axe in your stomach.

You can visit Entertainment Weekly to read about their picks for Plutarch Heavensbee and other characters.

Who do you think should play Finnick Odair, Johanna Mason, Plutarch Heavensbee, Beetee, Wiress, Mags others?

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.

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Kristen Bell Talks About Her Campaign To Be Johanna And More With Huffington Post

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell is very public about her interest in playing Johanna Mason, the female Tribute from District 7, and had started a campaign for the role.

In an recent interview with Huffington Post, Kristen Bell wasn’t shy to reveal her love for ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy and also updates on how her campaign to play Johanna Mason is going.

Now, “The Hunger Games.” I know you’re a big fan.

It’s all I think about.

Anything new in your campaign to be Joanna? Is that still happening?

I mean from my campaign desk here on my full-size bed in a back bedroom in my family’s house in Oregon, there are no new developments [Laughs] — other than the fact that I am trying to stay on top of it and not age too rapidly so that I can still be cast.

For Halloween, were you Katniss?

No, but my 30th birthday I themed after “The Hunger Games” and I put District numbers up around. I put District 4 for water over the pool. I put District 2 for electronics over the stereo and iPod. I had a blow-up castle bouncy house on the front lawn and I put The Capitol over the bouncy house. And over my front door, I put District 12. All my friends dressed as the characters and I dressed as Katniss. I was head-to-toe in spandex with a fire cape and carried a bow and arrow.

That sounds pretty damn epic.

Oh yeah, it was pretty much major. I had friends that went all out. I have friends that like do it. They do not mess around. I had friends who came as Cato and Clove and were dressed in weird sewn-together fabric leaves and army colors. They had the football black under their eyes and they had taken all the knives in their house, even the butcher knives, and wrapped them in duct tape so they wouldn’t be too sharp and flung them over their body like sort of ammo lines. They had all these knives taped to them — it was amazing. I had a couple Effie Trinkets. It was pretty exceptional. People dressed up like tracker jackers. They were like bumble bees, but with huge horns.

Head over to Huffington Post for the full interview.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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