May 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
In a welcome respite from Floating Head syndrome, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen stands tall and from a far distance away in the first poster released for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, released this morning via the movie’s official Instagram.
Taglined with a quote from the book – “The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand” – which the film’s social media handles have been teasing for days, the poster has a painted feel and gives nothing away about the plot, which picks up after the events of the first film, with Lawrence’s Katniss back at home after emerging victorious alongside Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games. The two don’t have long to rest though, as their actions in the games have sparked a revolution amongst the oppressed people of Panem and fire is quickly catching. Liam Hemsworth returns for more screentime as Gale, Katniss’ best friend, Woody Harrelson is back as Katinss and Peeta’s alcoholic mentor, Lenny Kravtiz’s Cinna, Elizabeth Banks‘ Effie and Willow Shields’ Prim are all back, as well as newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd and the first poster can be viewed below.
April 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year, has been running a social media marketing campaign wherein they reveal new images over at Hunger Games Explorer in exchange for tweets of designated movie-related hashtags, and we have our first look at Willow Shields reprising her role as the youngest Everdeen sister Prim in one of the recently uncovered images.
But fear not, there’s also new images of the main attraction of these movies, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, looking grim and battered as always. Nothing new yet of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale or newcomers Sam Claflin and Jena Malone as Finnick and Johanna, respectively, but they’ll probably turn up soon – it’s just a matter of how fast teenage girls can tweet. It’s also been reported today by Showbiz 411 that some kind of star-studded presentation for the film may take place next month at the Cannes Film Festival. We will be there, and will hopefully get to see it, whatever it may turn out to be.
In the meantime, you can see the new photos below, and the Francis Lawrence-directed film itself will be released on November 22nd.
February 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming hasn’t even completed yet, but the viral marketing for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a go. Today two versions of the first poster for the film, designed as Victory Tour posters which fit inside the plot of the story itself, have been released featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. HitFix released one, and the newly rebranded official Facebook the other.
The Victory Tour Katniss and Peeta embark on take place at the beginning of “Catching Fire”, following (spoiler alert?) their unprecedented victory in their first Hunger Games, which took place in the first film directed by Gary Ross. Francis Lawrence takes over directing duties for the sequel – and will direct the rest of the films in the series – which will see Kantiss and Peeta thrown back into another life or death competition, collecting new friends and foes along the way. Sam Claflin nabbed the coveted role of Finnick, while Jena Malone joins the cast as Johanna.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd. The new posters can be viewed below, with probably more items to whet your appetite coming soon.
January 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: New images of Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta have been added.
Oh yeah, “The Hunger Games” is still a thing. In just ten short months, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence’s teen heroine Katniss Everdeen, will be released, and today EW has our first look at Lawrence and newcomer Sam Calflin, who plays fan favorite Finnick.
The two, wearing futuristic wetsuits and wielding their signature weapons – Katniss with her bow and arrows, Finnick with his trident – cover the magazine’s new issue, which also unveils a rather intimate moment between the two as the movie’s first official still. As fans of the book now and as director Francis Lawrence is now translating to screen, Finnick is a bit of a flirt who teases and flusters the usually level-headed Katniss, who he meets when they are both chosen to compete in the Quarter Quell, an anniversary edition of the Hunger Games that pits previous victors against one another. We’re not sure yet if Claflin is pulling off that sexy side of his character, but it’s still early yet, with filming only having wrapped recently in Hawaii. No images in sight just yet of returning characters like Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Elizabeth Banks as Effie, or other newcomers like Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Finnick’s cunning and fearless partner.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 21, 2013, and the first two images of Lawrence and Claflin can be viewed below.
September 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s among the most anticipated of sequels and today Celebuzz has unveiled the first photos from the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, featuring two fan-favorite characters getting to work. Josh Hutcherson has demonstrably gone back to blonde to play Peeta Mellark, and we also finally have our first glimpse of what British actor Sam Claflin will bring to the role of Finnick Odair.
What can we glean from these photos? Well, not much, except that Claflin’s Finnick, like his ocean-loving book counterpart, may be spending much of his time shirtless. No sighting yet of Jennifer Lawrence, who unveiled her brunette Katniss locks in Toronto last week, or Liam Hemsworth as Gale (hair color: indeterminate). Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and the rest are all returning, and will be joined by newbies including Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright.
Francis Lawrence took over directing duties on “Catching Fire” from Gary Ross, and it’s set for a November 23, 2013 release. See the first photos of Claflin and Hutcherson below and head over to Celebuzz for many more.
August 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
After two months of rumor and speculation, British actor Sam Claflin has finally been officially confirmed for the role of Finnick Odair in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Claflin joins returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, as well as new addition Jena Malone in the second installment of the massively popular teen dystopian franchise.
Finnick was a hotly contested role, and everyone had an opinion (including us), but in the end it wasn’t up to the fans, but the filmmakers and particularly director Francis Lawrence. Claflin will now do his best to embody the charismatic, noble and broken Hunger Games victor from District 4 who becomes an invaluable ally to Lawrence’s Katniss. Will Claflin succeed? We certainly have our doubts, but are eagerly anticipating the film nonetheless. Filming begins imminently and the film is already set for a November 23, 2013 release. Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and most of the gang from the original film will return, and other new additions include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Cohen and Meta Golding.
Claflin, while a newcomer, is already no stranger to the franchise game. He got his big break playing opposite Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, then romancing Kristen Stewart in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Neither really put him on the map, so will it be third time’s a charm with “Catching Fire”? Judging by how madly these fan loves their stars, we are betting on yes.
July 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
EDIT 07/23/12; Lionsgate has made the casting of Jena Malone official via press release.
ORIGINAL POST: Once again… is this our Johanna? THR muddies up the casting rumors for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” even more by reporting that their sources believe it’s Jena Malone who is now in negotiations for the role of Johanna Mason, not the previously reported Zoe Aggeliki.
Though THR seems confident Malone has the offer and is in early negotiations, we must remember Deadline seemed awfully sure of Aggeliki’s chances too, so perhaps the dust is still not settled in this hotly contested casting yet. The role up for grabs is that of a twenty-something Hunger Games victor from Disctrict 7 who becomes one of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss’s most trusted allies as the fighting moves beyond games and into revolution. Franchis Lawrence will direct the first sequel to “The Hunger Games” this fall, with a release date already set for November 23, 2013.
Malone, last seen on the big screen opposite Emily Browning in Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”, also recently appeared on hit TNT mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys.” She’s attached to play acclaimed novelist Carson McCullers in “Lonely Hunger” later this year, as well as indies “A Doll’s House” and “The Go-Getters.”
June 28, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Is this our Johanna? After several days of rumor and speculation, it seems Zoe Aggeliki, initially reported to be the front-runner for the role of Johanna Mason in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, may be very close to landing the highly coveted part. While still not treating it as 100% official, Deadline seems confident Aggeliki is the one, stating that the model/actress is “the one in the most serious talks” after auditioning for director Francis Lawrence. Jena Malone is/was the other actress in the running, but may be losing out to someone lesser known.
Jennifer Lawrence’s arrow-slinging heroine Katniss Everdeen will meet Aggeliki’s Johanna Mason in “Catching Fire”, where they have an antagonistic relationship initially, which deepens into a trusted friendship. Johanna is in her twenties, and like Katniss and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta, is a former Tribute and survivor of the Hunger Games. She hails from District 7, and has lost everyone she knows, making her jaded and dangerous – she’s got nothing left to lose. With dark hair and dark eyes, at one point she shaves all of her hair off – so Aggeliki may be in for a dramatic transformation, following the likes of Rooney Mara for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Natalie Portman for “V for Vendetta.” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will film this fall for a November 23, 2013 release.
The Swedish-born Aggeliki is 18, making her the youngest of the “Catching Fire” cast thus far, interesting since Johanna is supposed to be several years older than Lawrence’s Katniss. She’ll appear in the upcoming “Fun Size” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”, which also stars Leven Rambin, who played District 1 tribute Glimmer in “The Hunger Games.”