Casting News MegaPost – Five New Cast Members Join “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Over the past week, there have been several casting announcements for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. These announcements have officially revealed the actors who will be playing Commander Lyme, Commander Paylor, Boggs, Castor, and Pollux.

Actress Lily Rabe will be playing Commander Lyme and actress Patina Miller will be playing Commander Paylor. Commander Lyme is a strong and independent female victor who is the commander of the rebellion in District 2 and Commander Paylor is the female leader of the rebellion for District 8 and she later becomes president of Panem. Rabe is best known for her current work on American Horror Story as Sister Mary Eunice McKee and Miller is known for her work on ABC’s All My Children.

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Actor Mahershala Ali is going to be playing Boggs, who acts as President Coin’s assistant until Katniss agrees to be the Mockingjay. From there, it is his job to help protect Katniss and ensure that she stays alive. Ali has recently worked on the drama House of Cards, and was Tizzy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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Wes Chatham and Elden Henson also recently joined the ever-expanding cast as Castor and Pollux, respectively. Castor and Pollux are actually brothers who work together with Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and Messalla (Evan Ross) during the rebellion. The four of them form a film crew that follow Katniss on her journey as the Mockingjay. Chatham was recently in the Oscar-winning film, The Help, and Henson was most recently in the movie Jobs with Ashton Kutcher.

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What do you think of all of this casting news? Are you fans of any of these actors? Are you looking forward to seeing these actors in their roles? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Source: The Hunger Games Facebook and IMDbPro

Casting News MegaPost – Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Casts Major Roles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics have been a very successful and have lead to several television shows and movies. Producer Michael Bay has been busy trying to get a Ninja Turtles re-boot started and some major casting developments have come to light as of late.

To begin with, all four turtles have been cast. Actors Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszek will be joining the film as Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo respectively. Plus, Megan Fox will is also currently set to join the franchise as April O’Neil and Will Arnett has been cast in an unnamed role.

The most recent casting announcement, made this afternoon, revealed that actor Danny Woodburn will be playing Master Splinter. I would like to congratulate Mr. Woodburn for earning this role as I worked with him on Disney’s Santa Buddies and Santa Paws. Hopefully I will get to see him again soon and do an interview for you guys to read!

This Ninja Turtles reboot is going to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film will also be shot using motion capture and include both CG and live action sequences. The film is currently set to release on June 6, 2014.

What do you think of these casting choices? Are you a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Do you think using motion capture will be a better approach for a film like this? Sound off in the comments!

(top, from left to right) Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, and Jeremy Howard. (bottom, from left to right) Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn.
(top, from left to right) Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, and Jeremy Howard. (bottom, from left to right) Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn.

Source: Deadline (Article #1), Deadline (Article #2)

Casting News MegaPost – Several Major Roles Cast for “Divergent” Film Adaptation

Fans of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel, Divergent, will be happy to know that casting and production development has finally started to pick up for the film adaptation! It is widely known now that Shailene Woodley has been cast as the female lead, Tris, and Kate Winslet has also signed on for the project. However, until recently, Winslet’s role was kept secret. It has now come to light that Winslet will be playing the character Jeanine Mathews.

Plus, it was also recently announced that Theo James was cast in the coveted male lead, Four. James is mainly known for his role in Underworld: Awakening and he is currently working on a new television show, Golden Boy. Fans of Downton Abbey might also recognize him as he played Kemal Pamuk in one of the first episodes of the show.

Just the other day, it was publicized that actors Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney have also joined the cast. Maggie will be portraying Tori, a tattoo artist in Dauntless who becomes friends with Tris. Kravtiz will be playing Christina, one of Tris’ close friends.  Elgort will be playing Caleb, Tris’ brother, who leaves Abegnation and joins Erudite. Last, but not least, Courtney will be portraying the role of Dauntless leader, Eric.

Finally, rumors have started to circulate that Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson, and Miles Teller are all in talks to join the film. Divergent is going to be directed by Neil Burger and currently set to hit theaters March 21, 2014! 

What do you think of all of these casting choices? Who do you think Eckhart, Stevenson, and Teller could portray? Are you excited to see Theo James as Four? Do you think Lionsgate made the right decision being that James is still relatively unknown? Who is your favorite Divergent character?

(Top, from left to right) Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, and Maggie Q. (Bottom, from left to right) Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney.
(Top, from left to right) Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, and Maggie Q. (Bottom, from left to right) Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney.

Sources: Page to Premiere and IMDbPro