Even though the second film in The Hunger Games Saga, subtitled Catching Fire, has yet to hit theaters, its two part sequel, Mockingjay is already picking up steam and making headlines.
A few days ago, we reported on the casting of Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts I & II. And now, while that news is fresh in your mind, Lionsgate (the studio behind the Hunger Games series) announced via Twitter today that director Francis Lawrence was adding Evan Ross and Stef Dawson as Messalla and Annie Cresta, respectively.
Both actors are young up-and-comers; Ross is more known for his roles on television than on the big screen (although he had a part in Jeff, Who Lives at Home) and in Dawson’s case, her work in her native Australia is largely unknown outside of Oceania. Both characters play secondary roles in the greater arc of Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) story, but are crucial to the book’s and presumably, the film’s, plot.
The casting are totally harmless and interesting moves for the production. These kinds of young adult-aimed pictures tend to gain their stars considerable attention and wider fan bases, which they are sure to enjoy. Both characters are popular withing the Hunger Games universe and the actors playing their roles will surely garner some new fans, earning them wider recognition and work in the future.
The second film in the Hunger Games saga, Catching Fire opens November 22, 2013. Mockingjay, Part I opens the following year, November 21 and Part II in 2015 on November 20th.
The plot synopsis for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts I & II is below:
Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.