One of this years surprise hits was Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ blood-spilling best-seller. While the three books were popular amongst fans, nobody could have predicted the record-breaking numbers the film eventually pulled in. That success made sequel and now confirmed three-quel (to be filmed in two-parts) based on follow-up novels CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY a certainty. Most of us here at THN found Ross’ film well put together but toothless (and bloodless) when it came to the violent crunch.
Francis Lawrence is at the helm this time around, with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz and Woody Harrelson all returning to reprise their roles. The newcomers to the franchise is what fans will be eager to hear news on. We already know Philip Seymour Hoffman will take the pivotal role of Plutarch Heavensbee, alongside fellow newbies Lyn Cohen, Amanda Plummer, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.
Now we can also confirm veteran actor Patrick St. Esprit and rising starlet Meta Golding will take the roles of Romulus Thread and surviving tribute Enobaria respectively. Shooting will begin in late October/early November for a release 22nd November 2013.