I've been enjoying the numerous casting announcements for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2" movies. So many characters from books never seem to make it to the big screen in their movie adaptations, but it seems like many of the new characters in Mockingjay will. *SPOILER ALERT* The following has spoilers if you have yet to read Mockingjay.
Those who have been cast are:
From District 13
President Coin (Julianne Moore), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Leeg 1 & 2 (Kim & Misty Ormiston), Homes (Omid Abtahi), Mitchell (Joe Chrest), and Lt. Jackson (Michelle Forbes). Update: Commander Lyme is listed as a District 13 leader rather than District 2 leader, according to Entertainment Weekly.
From Various Districts
Commander Paylor from District 8 (Patina Miller), Commander Lyme - a former victor from District 2 (
The film crew: Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Messalla (Evan Ross), Castor (Wes Chatham), and Pollux (Elden Henson) UPDATE: Tigris will be played by Eugenie Bondurant
The Star Squad 451 is just missing two members for casting: Mitchell (the oldest member of the squadron) and Jackson (the second-in-command to Boggs). Who do you think would best fit those roles? Or do you think they will be left out? UPDATE: All members of the Star Squad have been cast. Joe Chrest will be playing Mitchell and Michelle Forbes will be playing Lt. Jackson.
However, according to Entertainment Weekly, Commander Lyme is listed as a "District 13 Leader" rather than a District 2 leader. So...will she be part of the Star Squad? Or will she train Katniss and Johanna (in place of York)? What do you think?
Other characters from Mockingjay that have not been cast include Fulvia Cardew (Plutarch's assistant who comes up with the "We Remember" propos), York (she trained Katniss and Johanna in D13 to prepare them for war), Tigris (the former Capitol stylist who helps the remaining Star Squad members penetrate Snow's mansion) update--Tigris is played by Eugenie Bondurant, Eddy (the adorable boy from District 8 that tugs at Katniss's heart), Dr. Aurelius (Katniss's doctor who testifies on her behalf during her trial).
Other minor characters from both Catching Fire and Mockingjay include Hazelle Hawthorne and children Rory, Vick, and Posy (Gale's mom and siblings); Delly Cartwright (D12 survivor and truly nice person Peeta was friends with); Lavinia and Darius (red-headed Avoxes, Darius being a former D12 Peacekeeper); Leevy and Thom (D12 citizens who helped Gale after his whipping and appear in Mockingjay); Dalton (the cattle rancher from D10 and refugee to D13); and of course Greasy Sae and her granddaughter, though perhaps the older lady in "The Hunger Games" movie is Greasy Sae and she'll make a reappearance in "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay."
Are there any that would disappoint you if they weren't cast? Please leave a comment and share!
Classroom Connections: Ask your students who they would cast for each part and why.
Need to brush up on your Mockingjay characters? Check out my Mockingjay character cut-up activity; the hands-on activity is great for interactive notebooks & reading journals!
Photo credits: Images used in graphics from Lions Gate Entertainment®. Graphics by Tracee Orman of Hunger Games Lessons.