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'Hunger Games' meets 'Game of Thrones': Gwendoline Christie replacing Lily Rabe in 'Mockingjay - Part 2'

Gwendoline Christie will be taking some of her warrior persona from Game of Thrones into the Hunger Games franchise with the news Friday that she will replace actress Lily Rabe as Commander Lyme in the final installment in the franchise: Mockingjay – Part 2.

American actress Rabe (American Horror Story) had to drop out of the lucrative series due to a previous commitment to perform Much Ado about Nothing opposite Hamish Linklater at Shakespeare in the Park this summer in New York. READ FULL STORY

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death won't derail 'The Hunger Games' sequels -- UPDATE

Fans of The Hunger Games franchise had the great pleasure of watching Philip Seymour Hoffman rip into the expanded character of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire. In the wake of news of the actor’s  death, Lionsgate released a statement this afternoon mourning the great loss: “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send  our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

Plutarch remains a pivotal figure in the two remaining sequels Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Hoffman is said to have largely wrapped on the Part 1 shoot, and had seven remaining days of filming left for Part 2. How director Frances Lawrence and team will work around his tragic absence is still unknown. But their colleague and friend’s death won’t affect the films’ scheduled release dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence, Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik released a joint statement following the news of Hoffman’s death. “Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1' gets fiery first poster

The third installment of the Hunger Games film franchise has an utterly unwieldy title (what hast thou wrought, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1?) — and, as of today, a cool new poster that marries the book’s memorable cover image with a healthy dose of flames. It’s also reminiscent of Catching Fire‘s first “motion poster,” as well as a similar image released way back in July 2011 to promote the first Hunger Games movie

In other words: The campaign begins as it always begins… but if Mockingjay the novel is any indication, the film’s advertisements may start treading new ground as its release date draws closer. (At the very least, Capitol Couture propaganda wouldn’t make sense for these last two movies — right?)

Check it out below — and may the odds be ever in your favor:

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Robert Knepper cast as...Antonius?

Welcome, welcome … to the latest casting news for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

It was recently announced via Twitter that Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper will be joining both of the final films as Antonius. As exciting as it sounds, we’re not exactly sure what to expect, considering we’ve never heard the name Antonius before.

Regardless, check out the casting news below:
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Casting Net: Colin Farrell in talks for 'World of Warcraft' adaptation, more

• Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered the lead in Warcraft, the Legendary Pictures adaptation of the popular video game World of Warcraft. Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is also in talks to star in the film, which is set to go into production in January with Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) in the director’s chair. Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Travis Fimmel (Vikings) are all on the short list as well. Blood Diamond scribe Charles Leavitt penned the script. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Garrett Hedlund joins Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'; Plus, Bryan Cranston, more

 Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is set to time travel to World War II for Universal’s adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, about Olympian and prisoner of war Lou Zamperini and his incredible story of survival. Angelina Jolie is directing the adaptation, which stars Jack O’Connell in the lead role. Hedlund will play a fellow POW in the Japanese camp where Zamperini ends up after surviving on a raft in the Pacific for 28 days. Joel and Ethan Coen, who directed Hedlund in Inside Llewyn Davis, are the latest writers tasked with revising the script which has also passed by the desks of William Nicholson (Gladiator) and Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra). Unbroken will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2014. [Variety]

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Messalla cast

Following the casting announcement of Natalie Dormer as Cressida and Stef Dawson as Annie, Lionsgate has announced the casting for Messalla in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

“Evan Ross cast as Messalla in @TheHungerGames: Mockingjay Parts 1&2,” the company tweeted.

The 25-year-old will play the assistant to Cressida, who is part of the TV crew that follows Katniss and shoots short propaganda films. Ross was previously seen as Charlie Selby on The CW’s 90210 and the film Jeff, Who Lives At Home.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and others are slated to star in the final installments of the franchise, with the first part of Mockingjay hitting theaters Nov. 21, 2014 and the conclusion being released Nov. 20, 2015. The next installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will hit theaters Nov. 22.

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' names its Annie

Australian actress Stef Dawson will play Annie Cresta, Finnick’s (Sam Claflin) love interest, in the final two Hunger Games movies, Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2.

Annie is the addled Hunger Games victor who won the 70th annual Games despite suffering a mental breakdown after witnessing her District 4 partner get beheaded. She gets a reprieve in Catching Fire, when the older Mags takes her place in the Quarter Quell, but the Capitol arrests her in Mockingjay, essentially taking her hostage to hurt Finnick Odair.

According to a press release from Lionsgate, Dawson is known for her work on television as well as numerous independent films.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 will be directed by Francis Lawrence and have release dates of Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

'Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer cast as Cressida in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn’t even hit theaters until Nov. 22, and we’re already looking past it to the final two movies of the franchise … but in a good way.

Natalie Dormer has officially signed on to play the role of Cressida in both The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2. Book fans will remember Cressida as the film director who, along with Castor, Pollux, and Messalla, flees The Capitol to join the rebellion and ends up taking her camera crew on a journey to follow Katniss and get footage of the uprising.

Although we’re sure she will be less recognizable once she inhabits Cressida’s bald head and many tattoos, Dormer can currently be recognized as Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones. She will also appear in the upcoming film Rush.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 will be directed by Francis Lawrence and have release dates of Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

Casting Net: Julianne Moore eyed for 'Mockingjay'; Plus Leonardo DiCaprio re-teams with Jamie Foxx, more

• According to Deadline, Julianne Moore may be among the top candidates for the role of President Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the third and fourth films in the series. A rep from Lionsgate had no comment. [Deadline]

• Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the unfinished book Mean Business on North Ganson Street as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx, who starred together in Django Unchained. The story finds a disgraced detective (DiCaprio) sent to a fictional Missouri town (Victory) to investigate its rise in crime. There, he teams up with another detective played by Foxx as things begin to escalate and someone starts killing off the entire police force. Author S. Craig Zahler will adapt the script for the big screen. [Deadline]
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