There are a few casting updates to share with you here from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While some are simply actors the producers wish to have in their film, there is one official announcement of a new name added to the cast.
It was officially announced earlier this week that Amanda Plummer has now joined the ever growing cast of Francis Lawrence’s sequel, and she will be playing Wiress. A description of the character was posted on the official Facebook page: “Wiress’ eccentricity earns her the nickname “Nuts” from fellow tributes. Though she doesn’t communicate traditionally, her observations and contributions prove invaluable.” Plummer is probably best known for her role as Yolanda, AKA Honey Bunny, in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
Plummer will join the already cast Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.
The hunt is still on for more names to join the cast as Tributes, and Variety reported this week that both Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) are at the top of Lionsgate’s list.
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”
By Matt Wavish