With the Twilight franchise over for now, fans of YA fiction have turned their attention to another incredibly popular series: The Hunger Games. And unlike the aforementioned vampire series, the first installment of The Hunger Games series didn’t just make a ton of money at the box office – it also received positive reviews.
The sequel, Catching Fire, is without a doubt one of the most talked about and highly-anticipated films of the year (it was one of the highlights of our Fall Movie Preview). Meanwhile, the third film in the series, Mockingjay Part 1, has just added four new actors to an ever-expanding cast.
The new cast members include Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) as Boggs, Patina Miller (a Broadway actress) as Commander Paylor, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Pollux, Wes Chatham (The Unit) as Castor, and Omid Abtahi (Argo, Homeland) as Homes.
While these names might seem unfamiliar to many – Henson might be the most recognizable to millennials for his roles in The Mighty Ducks and She’s All That – the shows and feature films that they’ve been a part of are most certainly not. They’re all a welcome addition to the growing cast that already includes Natalie Dormer as Cressida, Evan Ross as Messalla, Lily Rabe as Commander Lyme, and Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin.
Director Francis Lawrence – whose biggest film so far was probably I Am Legend with Will Smith – has taken over the director’s chair from Gary Ross for the last three films of the franchise. We can’t know how well he’ll handle the material (at least, not until November), but the first few trailers that have been released for Catching Fire look to be a visual improvement over the first film.
While Ross was able to capture the dystopian, rundown aesthetic of the poorer districts, the sparkling utopia of The Capital wasn’t quite as well realized. It already looks like Lawrence has made The Capital seem more luxurious in the sequel compared to Ross’s interpretation. And for those who were underwhelmed by Ross’ film, perhaps Lawrence’s take will be a fresh start.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you looking forward to Catching Fire and Mockingjay? Let us know in the comments.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters November 22, 2013.
Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 arrive November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.
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