Movie News Wrap Up: 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay', 'The Stand' and More

Eugenie Bondurant Michelle Forbes Cast Hunger Games Mockingjay

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 casts two more; Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix join Woody Allen's next movie; Patty Jenkins will direct the female assassin film Sweetheart; Nat Wolff joins The Stand; and Channing Tatum will star in an upcoming '70s crime thriller.


Eugenie Bondurant and Michelle Forbes have joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Francis Lawrence is directing both halves of the Hunger Games movie franchise finale, after having taken over as helmer on this YA dystopia series following Gary Ross directing the first installment.

Eugenie Bondurant Michelle Forbes Cast Hunger Games Mockingjay

Bondurant will be playing Tigris, a stylist living in the Capitol who has changed her appearance to resemble that of an actual tiger. It's a relatively small role, but one that will be interesting to see depicted on screen. As far as Bondurant's previous acting experience, she is mostly known for bit parts in smaller TV series and movies.

Michelle Forbes – best known for roles in True Blood and Battlestar Galactica – will be playing Lieutenant Jackson from District 13. Originally thought to be lost during the first rebellion with the Capitol, District 13 plays an important role in the Mockingjay story.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hits theaters November 20, 2015.

Source: Coming Soon, THR


Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix have signed on for the yet-untitled next movie from director Woody Allen.

Emma Stone Joaquin Phoenix Cast Next Woody Allen Movie

Not too much (read: nothing) is known about the film at this time, but Allen is expected to assume his usual director/writer/producer role. He's also reportedly hoping to shoot the film in July, but that's yet to be confirmed.

While this film will be the first film collaboration between Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Allen, Stone just recently finished up work on Allen's 2014 release Magic in the Moonlight with Colin Firth. It sounds like Allen has found his latest muse.

Source: Variety


Speaking of muses, The Stand director Josh Boone is reportedly writing a role specifically for his The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff.

Nat Wolff Cast The Stand

Boone just recently secured the directing gig on The Stand, and is in the midst of writing his own adaptation of the Stephen King novel. The book is filled with memorable characters, but Boone isn't giving any clues as to whom Wolff might play.

It's no surprise that Josh Boone is looking to reteam with Wolff, though, as the director refers to him as his "secret weapon." The Stand will mark Wolff and Boone's third feature film collaboration, the other two being The Fault in Our Stars and Boone's directorial debut Stuck in Love.

Source: THR


Monster director Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct Sweetheart, a lightheaded female assassin film for Fox.

Patty Jenkins Direct Sweetheart

Sweetheart is based on a 2011 Black List script from Jack Stanley, and follows a former assassin who ends up back in the business after a high school reunion. Not only was the Sweetheart script strong enough to land on the Black List, a compilation of the best unsold screenplays, but it landed Stanley a job writing Chronicle 2.

As for Jenkins, this will be her first film-directing gig since Monster back in 2003. At one point she was slated to helm Thor 2, at the urging of star Natalie Portman, but she was eventually replaced by Marvel.

Source: Deadline


Sony has picked up an untitled true crime thriller that's set to star Channing Tatum.

Channing Tatum Crime Thriller Picked Up

Right now, all we know is that the film is set during the '70s and reportedly tells the true story of a family man who goes undercover to take down a crime boss. We can assume that Tatum would play the family man character, but there's no confirmation of that just yet.

Tatum will also produce the film with partner Reid Carolin (Magic Mike), and Kristin Gore is currently working on the script. It's still early in development, though, so not much beyond that (i.e. director, other cast members) is known.

Source: THR

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