Casting News – Actor Evan Ross Signs on to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

The production and casting teams over at Lionsgate have been very busy with making official casting decisions and announcements for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The studio has recently announced that actresses Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson have joined the Mockingjay cast.

It was announced this morning that actor Evan Ross will also be joining the cast for the final two films of the franchise. Ross will be portraying Messalla, who flees the Capitol with Cressida (Dormer), Castor, and Pollux. All four of them form a film crew and become a part of Katniss’s rebellion, filming her journey through the Districts.

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Evan Ross

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more casting news for Mockingjay? Do you think that Ross fits the role of Messalla?

Source: Official Hunger Games Twitter

Casting Scoop – Two new Cast Members Join “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Even though Catching Fire is not hitting theaters until November (exactly 89 days for those counting down), Lionsgate has started production on the Mockingjay films. Over the past few days, some major casting announcements have been made and two actresses have signed on to be a part of the Hunger Games cast. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer and Australian actress Stef Dawson have officially signed on to be in The Hunger GamesMockingjay – Part 1 and 2.

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Dormer will be portraying Cressida, a resident film director who fled the Capitol with Castor, Pollux, and Messalla. The crew ends up becoming a part of Katniss’s rebellion and filming her experiences and journey through the Districts. Cressida is a unique character as she is bald and has several tattoos. The expected transformation that Dormer is to undertake will probably make her unrecognizeable to Thrones fans.

Dawson will be portraying Annie Cresta, the romantic interest for Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin). Annie herself is a victor who won the 70th Annual Hunger Games, but went through a mental breakdown after losing her District 4 partner in the Arena. In Catching Fire, she is selected to go back into the Arena for the Quarter Quell and Mags (Lynn Cohen) ends up taking her place in the games. However, the Capitol arrests Annie in Mockingjay as a way to upset, torture, and manipulate Finnick.

Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson
Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson

What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Dormer and Dawson will do well in these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing these actresses as their characters? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly (article #1) and Entertainment Weekly (article #2)

Movie Exclusive – “Catching Fire” World Premiere Date and Location Announced

As of today, there are only 100 more days until the highly awaited Hunger Games sequel hits theaters! To celebrate this exciting countdown milestone, Entertainment Weekly has exclusively shared details on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire world premiere.

The world premiere is going to be held on November 11, 2013 in the beautiful city of London! That makes the premiere only 90 days away for those who are counting. As of right now, no details have been made available as to if there will be a live feed of the premiere, but I would assume there will be. When The Hunger Games premiered Yahoo! Movies held a live feed for fans who couldn’t make it to the actual premiere.

Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Jeffery Wright, Amanda Plummer, Alan Ritchson, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Lynn Cohen, and Meta Golding.

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Do you hope they have a live feed available online for the world premiere? Would you go to London in order to experience the premiere? Are you looking forward to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s November 22 theatrical release?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – Exciting New International Trailer Released for “Catching Fire”

Most fans of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are probably still recovering from the excitement of watching the incredible trailer released back in mid-July. However, a newer (and unfortunately, shorter) international trailer has been released for fans to watch!

This new trailer is fairly similar to the one that was just released in July, but it is more streamlined and to the point. Fans of the character Gale (Liam Hemsworth) will definitely be happy because we get to see a bit more of him in this one. As in the previous trailer, we get to see the effects of the rebellion, some of the new tributes, and the Quarter Quell arena.

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Something that is new and exciting to see in this trailer is a better look at the hovercraft vehicles used by the Capitol. Even though we did see them in The Hunger Games, we did not get to see a whole lot of details of the outside of the hovercraft, until now.

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Watch the exciting new international teaser trailer and share your thoughts in the comments below! Are you looking forward to Catching Fire‘s November 22 theatrical release? Were you hoping to see more in this new trailer? Do you want more exclusives released for this film?

Source: The Wrap and YouTube

Movie Exclusive – New International Poster Released for “Diana” Biopic

A stunning new international poster has been released for the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed biopic entitled Diana. The production itself has actually undergone several changes with both the title and release date being changed. The original title was Caught in Flight, but it was later changed to simply, Diana. The release date was also changed from August 29 to September 20, 2013.

This biopic takes a looks at Lady Diana’s relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan and the last few years of her life. Naomi Watts is playing Princess Diana and Dr. Hasnat Khan is being played by Naveen Andrews. The biopic also stars Cas Anvar, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, and Daniel Pirrie.

This poster gives us another glimpse of Watts in the iconic role of Princess Diana and the resemblance is almost uncanny. Personally, I think Watts was a great choice for the role and I am very interested in seeing how the film plays out. If you have not already, be sure to watch the first trailer for the film here.

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What do you think of this new international poster for Diana? Do you think Watts is right for the iconic role? What do you think of the other cast members involved in this project? Will you be interested in seeing this film when it is released?

Sources: Entertainment Tonight, Huffington Post, Apple Movie Trailers, and IMDbPro