You know her, you love her, and now she's making a leap into another fandom. Gwendoline Christie, also known to the "Game of Thrones" masses as Brienne of Tarth, will be appearing in the final installment of the "Hunger Games" movie series, slated to hit theaters in November 2015. This will be her first movie role since 2009.
Christie's new role was announced on Thursday. She will be taking over the role of Commander Lyme in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part II," which was originally set to be played by Lily Rabe. The "American Horror Story" actress will had also committed to play Beatrice in a production of "Much Ado About Nothing" for NYC's Shakespeare in the Park this summer and withdrew from 'Hunger Games' due to the scheduling conflict.
The last feature film Christie, a Sussex, England native, appeared in was 2009's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," which also became Heath Ledger's last project before he passed away. She appeared in a 2010 UK TV short entitled "The 7 Ages of Britain Teaser" before getting the part of Brienne on 'Thrones.' Her credits also include the British series "Wizards vs. Aliens."
Commander Lyme is a previous victor of the Hunger Games who goes on to become Commander of District 2 in Panem's rebellion and contributes to rebellion efforts in District 13. She is described as a "strong independent woman" and someone "willing to do anything for District 2 to become aligned with the other districts against the Capitol." Katniss also remembers her as being over six feet tall, making the role a great match for the 6-foot-3 Christie.
News of the casting should be doubly exciting for fans who know Christie as the tough and loyal Brienne, as she will appear alongside a 'Thrones' co-star. Natalie Dormer, aka Margaery Tyrell, will appear in both halves of the "Mockingjay" set of movies as Cressida, a rebel who joins Katniss to film propaganda spots to boost morale. Part 1 is slated for a Nov. 21 release, while Part 2 will hit theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. Meanwhile, "Game of Thrones" premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.