Lionsgate, a business built on Summit’s Twilight Saga books and now The Hunger Games trilogy, continues to base its future slates on book acquisition. It’s worth noting that the studio is either in production or developing four of the top five bestselling books of 2013, based on Apple’s iBooks sales. Three of them are the Veronica Roth titles Divergent, Insurgent and Alliegiant, which is Lionsgate’s next big franchise play with Divergent launching March 21 and Insurgent going into production around the same time. Also in that top five is Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins’ final installment of The Hunger Games novel trilogy which Lionsgate is turning into two films.
Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper will play President Snow’s minister Antonius in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, Lionsgate announced today. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss opposite Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta in the final two franchise sequels. Julianne Moore also joined the cast as Alma Coin along with Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, and Wes Chatham and Elden Henson. Knepper is repped by Innovative Artists and Kramer Management.
Wes Chatham and Elden Henson have been cast in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1&2, Lionsgate said today. Chatham plays Castor and Elden is Pollux, brothers who are members of a camera crew. Based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, Mockingjay Parts 1&2 make up the third and fourth installments of Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. Chatham’s film credits include The Help and In The Valley Of Elah. Henson appeared in The Butterfly Effect, Deja Vu and Cast Away. Chatham is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment; Henson is with Talent Works and Generate.
Patina Miller has been cast as Commander Paylor in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. The Broadway actress/singer and All My Children alum makes her film debut in the YA sequel as the rebel commander Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) first meets in District 8. Miller starred in Sister Act on Broadway and the West End and won the Tony this year for Pippin. Miller is repped by The Katz Company and UTA.
Lily Rabe has been cast as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Lionsgate said this morning. Lyme is a past victor of an unknown Hunger Games, hailing from District 2, and is one of the leaders of the Rebellion at District 13. Rabe’s recent credits include American Horror Story.
Lionsgate announced today that four-time Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore (BOOGIE NIGHTS, THE HOURS, THE END OF THE AFFAIR and FAR FROM HEAVEN) has joined the cast of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2 as President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol. Moore will star opposite Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the third and fourth installments of the global blockbuster HUNGER GAMES franchise, slated for release in November 2014 and November 2015, respectively. She will join new cast members including Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson and Evan Ross. In addition to her four Oscar-nominated roles, Moore has previously starred in CRAZY STUPID LOVE, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, CHILDREN OF MEN and last year’s HBO political drama film GAME CHANGE, which netted her an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award®. She will next be seen in DON JON, SEVENTH SON and CARRIE. Moore is represented by CAA and Management 360.
Stef Dawson has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. She will play Annie Cresta, the love interest of Finnick (Sam Claflin). The Australia native is known for her Aussie TV work and indie films including the recent thriller Wrath. Dawson is repped in the U.S. by Armada Partners for management and Chad Christopher at SMGSB, and in Australia by Rowena Mohr at BMEG. Mockingjay Part 1 will be released November 21, 2014 and Part 2 opens November 20, 2015.
Ken Howard will play Kaley Cuoco’s father in the untitled Screen Gems and Miramax wedding comedy. Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, and Cuoco star. Howard, who is shooting The Judge opposite Robert Downey Jr, will next be seen in Sundance’s comedy A.C.O.D, and he was just re-elected as national president of SAG-AFTRA earlier this month. He is repped by Greene & Associates.
Lionsgate has just announced via Twitter that Natalie Dormer has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 in the role of Cressida. Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the Suzanne Collins novel Mockingjay, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads a rebellion against the autocratic Capitol government. Dormer currently stars as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and will be seen in Ron Howard’s Rush next month as well as Ridley Scott’s The Counselor in October. She has also completed production on the indie film Posh. Dormer is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, and United Agents.
Julianne Moore Poised To Join ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Going From Veep Candidate Sarah Palin To President Alma Coin?
EXCLUSIVE: As The Hunger Games moves into the final two movies culled from the Suzanne Collins novel Mockingjay, I’ve heard that Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence are eyeing Julianne Moore to play the role of President Alma Coin. She is the manipulative politician who figures brightly in the finale as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes a symbol of rebellion against the autocratic Capitol government. This is likely to happen quickly, and Moore would star in both of the final films, which brings back Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and the returning cast along with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who will be making his first appearance in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which the studio is planning to bring to San Diego Comic-Con in July. Color Force’s Nina Jacobson is producing the series.