May 19, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: We somehow missed this report from last month, but Britain’s The Daily Mail reports “The Borgias” actress Holliday Grainger is in talks for one of the few female roles in the film, while Emma Watson also met with the director but ultimately couldn’t take a different role. Daily Mail also updates Robert Pattinson has passed on the project.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The gang’s almost all here. After initial reports of negotiations in March, British actors Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and Douglas Booth (“Jupiter Ascending”) have now officially joined Max Irons (“The Host”) in Lone Scherfig’s adaptation of Laura Wade’s 2010 play “Posh”, according to THR. Filming begins next month.
Laura Wade’s 2010 hit play of the same name concerned The Riot Club, a fictional version of The Bullingdon Club, an exclusive society at Oxford University to which such prominent British figures as Prime Minister David Cameron belonged. The entire play is set over the course of one evening when the ten members of the club have their termly dinner. As their President, James, considers leaving his post, the other boys jocky for position, leading to tragic consequences.
Claflin is in Cannes promoting “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, in which he plays fan favorite character Finnick Odair. He previously appeared in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Booth will next appear opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” and is currently filming the Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending.”
May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games” star Jena Malone has joined the already large and still very much growing cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon novel “Inherent Vice”, according to The Wrap. Joaquin Phoenix stars, with Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Short in supporting roles.
Phoenix plays Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pothead/private investigator in 1970s Los Angeles, who’s paid a visit by his ex-girlfriend (Witherspoon) with concerns that there may be a plot to harm her new boyfriend, a rich businessman. Soon enough both of them go missing and Doc encounters a large, colorful cast of characters in his quest to track them down. Malone is up for the role described as an ex-druggie who asks for Doc for help,
who fans of the book will pinpoint as Hope. She’s the partner of Wilson’s character Coy Harlingen, who appears to have died in a drug overdose but is very much a part of the entire twisty turvy story. Del Toro has a small role as Doc’s lawyer while Short’s character has not been unveiled. Filming begins this month, and there’s still plenty more weird characters to cast. UPDATE: PTA fansite Cigarettes and Red Vines reports Malone will actually be playing Japonica Fenway, a runaway and Doc’s first case as a detective.
Last seen on the big screen opposite Emily Browning in Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”, Malone recently appeared on hit TNT mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” and is attached to play acclaimed novelist Carson McCullers in “Lonely Hunter.” She will also, of course, appear this November in the pivotal role of Johanna Mason in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
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.
April 3, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
We just got word that Liam Hemsworth is the chosen “The Hunger Games” star who will present the first footage of the anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at next week’s MTV Movie Awards, and now Hemsworth has even more news! The rising young actor is close to being confirmed as the lead of sci-fi thriller conspiracy film, “The Raven“.
Ricardo de Montreuil will be sitting in the director’s chair for the film which is based on his own short film of the same name. Michael Gilio and Justin Marks have scripted the feature length pic, and Deadline confirms that prep work has begun for a start date of June.
Set in an alternative futuristic LA, Hemsworth will play Chris Black, a man who is on the run from the political regime after they discover he possesses a power that could lead to their destruction.
Hemsworth, who starred alongside Miley Cyrus in the 2010 weepie “The Last Song“, broke out in last year’s box office smash “The Hunger Games” which also starred Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. The Australian actor has since gone on star next to action film heavyweights Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis in “The Expendables 2” and filmed two thrillers – “Paranoia” and “Empire State“. Late last year we discussed the potentially too-good-to-be-true news that Hemsworth may star with his older brother Chris (“Thor”) in a Steve McQueen biopic, which we still have our fingers crossed for.
February 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” star Jena Malone will be trading in a futuristic battlefield for a creepy Victorian manor in her new film “Angelica”, according to Deadline.
In the 19th Century England-set film based on the novel by Arthur Phillips, Malone will play Constance, who marries Dr. Joseph Barton and gives birth to a baby girl named Angelica. After the difficult childbirth, doctors force the couple to remain celibate, which causes problems in their marriage and on top of that, somehow allows a ghostly presence to move into the household and wreak havoc on the already tenuous relationships of its occupants. Mitchell Lichtenstein will direct.
Malone recently wrapped up shooting the pivotal role of Johanna Mason in Francis Lawrence’s sequel “The Hunger Games” Catching Fire.” Last seen on the big screen opposite Emily Browning in Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”, she also recently appeared on hit TNT mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” and is attached to play acclaimed novelist Carson McCullers in “Lonely Hunger.”
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.
February 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sam Claflin and Lily Collins, both headlining teen adaptation franchises this year, are teaming up for indie romantic comedy “Love, Rosie” according to Deadline.
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”‘ Clary and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”‘s Finnick will play best friends and star-crossed lovers in the film based on the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, who also wrote “P.S. I Love You”, which was adapted into a film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. “Love, Rosie” begins filming in May under the direction of German director Christian Ditter and follows Collins’ Rosie and Clafin’s Alex, best friends and star-crossed lovers on the cusp of heading off to college. When she gets pregnant unexpectedly, she urges him to go without her and the film chronicles their lives over the next 12 years.
Claflin is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and has a lot on the line with his role in “The Hunger Games” sequel, after fizzling out in previous blockbusters “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Collins, too, will test her teen franchise metal as the lead of “The Mortal Instruments”, which seeks to become the next “Hunger Games” or “Twilight.” She’s also completed work on indie dramas “Stuck in Love” (previously “Writers”) and “The English Teacher” with Julianne Moore.
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.