This is new meme I've started consisting of recent book news. I will try to post this every Thursday.
What I will feature? Any kind of news, except tabloid features, regarding books, authors, publishing companies, anything related to books, and movies based on books that I find particularly engaging. I hope you do, too! This is new so I'm working out the kinks, but I think I'll pick one big news story to focus on. We'll see how it goes.
The Hunger Games is one of my favorite series and I thought we'd focus on casting for the second movie, Catching Fire. If you have not read the book and/or the series and do not want to be spoiled, be careful about reading ahead!
The Hunger Games Movie Facebook Page: Catching Fire Cast
The newest name to be added to the bunch is Sam Claflin as Finnick.
Finnick is the male victor from District 4 to return to the 75th Hunger Games also known as the 3rd Quarter Quell. He won the 65th games when he was 14 making him 24 in the Quarter Quell. He's flirtatious but has a heart for only one girl. Katniss was not fond of him when they first met, but after forming an alliance he gained her trust and I believe friendship.
I'm not really sure how I pictured Finnick: dark hair, sort of skinny, someone who thinks he's a lady man, not unattractive but not terribly attractive. I think Claflin can pull that off. I've not seen his work (though I do want to see the 4th installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) so I can't comment on his acting, but looks alone I think he'll make a good Finnick. I'm not quite sure he's the guy I would have picked, but I'm okay with casting.
Chosen for the role of Johanna Mason is Jenna Malone.
Johanna Mason is the female victor from District 7. Which games she came from is never mentioned. I see her as a girl trying to play tough. She's hardened by tragedy. It's hard for Katniss to want to form an alliance with her, but she does, even though there are times when she thinks Johanna is out to get her. She is left with no one in her life as the Capitol has killed all her loved ones. Some of their tactics to get to the victors in the Quell don't work on her because of this. She's good with an ax mostly due to coming from District 7 the lumber district. She and Finnick were friends prior to the 3rd Quarter Quell.
Other new actors for the second installment: Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Stephanie Leigh Shilland as Cashmere, Bruno Gunn as Brutus, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Lynn Cohen as Mags, E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff, and Maria Howell as Seeder
Not cast: Beetee, Tribute boy and girl from 5, Tribute boy and girl from 6, Slight, Woof, Cecelia, Tribute boy and girl from 10.
I think Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, and Jena Malone are the most famous names of the bunch and they're not even that famous. I like not having these huge famous names in the series. It lets the movie be about the movie and not the actors. The most famous names we have in the movies are Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz. Famous names, celebrities, are fine, but when it's a book to film of a very popular book series it's good to let the films stand on their own, in my opinion.