We’ve got a bunch of news for y’all with regards to the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels.
There are a few casting rumors out there right now for Catching Fire. It appears that Sam Claflin (Snow White & The Huntsman) is Lionsgate’s first choice for the role of Finnick Odair. Melissa Leo and Tony Shalhoub might be up for the roles of Mags and Beetee, according to the word on the street. It seems more definitive that Johanna Mason will be portrayed by Jena Malone and Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee. Catching Fire will be released in November 2013 and production starts this fall.
Francis Lawrence, who is directing Catching Fire, may not return to do the two-parter of Mockingjay because the scheduling isn’t working out. Collins and the other people working on the project are apparently already vetting other potential directors for the job. Who d’you guys think would be able to work it?