Although “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hasn’t even been released yet, Lionsgate isn’t waiting on opening weekend grosses to greenlight the threequel. In fact, the threequel (and built-in fourquel) are already taking shape rapidly.
The studio announced Monday, August 26th, that Australian actress Stef Dawson will play Annie Cresta, Finnick’s (Sam Claflin) love interest in the story. Dawson is known for her TV and indie roles, including the 2011 film “Wrath.”
Lionsgate has also announced that Natalie Dormer, who plays “Margaery Tyrell” on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has been cast as filmmaker-turned-revolutionary Cressida. Dormer will also be all over the big screen this fall. She’s in Ron Howard’s auto racing-themed “Rush,” opposite Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, as well as Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Goran Visnjic, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Francis Lawrence, who has previously helmed “Constantine,” “I Am Legend,” “Water for Elephants” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is directing both installments of the twofer threequel from a script by Danny Strong (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.
According to the official synopsis:
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.
The “The Hunger Games” franchise is the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time having grossed nearly $700 million worldwide. The second film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” opens worldwide onNovember 22, 2013. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” will be released worldwide on November 21, 2014 and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” opens November 20, 2015.