Readers, I need to sincerely apologize for being M.I.A. these past few weeks! A lot has been going on, giving me barely any time to read (let alone blog!) but do not fret; your good friend Mookology has some awesome news for you regarding no other topic than our beloved “The Hunger Games” trilogy.
First off, if you didn’t already know, the official DVD/Blu-Ray release of “The Hunger Games” is just over a week away, August 18th. You can pick it up at any digital entertainment store or you can pre-order it off Amazon and have it safely delivered to your doorstep upon release day.
The dual disc pack includes both a Blu-Ray and Ultra Violet digital copy of the film, as well as a second disc including tons of behind the scenes goodies. Some bonus features include a “Making Of” video, interviews with Suzanne Collins and Gary Ross, as well as the Propaganda films used by the Capitol and played throughout Panem. Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and relive the awesomeness of this movie.
The “Catching Fire” movie is set to begin filming at the end of this month and the rumor mill has been running its course deeply and quickly. Replacing Gary Ross as the role of director will be Francis Lawrence, famed director of Will Smith’s zombie apocalypse flick “I Am Legend.” Shooting for the sequel will take place in Atlanta, GA, and Wilmington, NC, where several casting agencies are looking for extras, as well as on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. If you’re in these areas, definitely keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for your favorite Hunger Games stars!
Several well-known actors have been confirmed for the coveted roles in the sequel: Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Meta Golding as Enobaria, and Lynn Cohen as Mags. However, there are still some major unconfirmed additions to the Catching Fire team, particularly the roles of Finnick Odair and Beetee. Although it has not been officially announced by Lionsgate, Sam Clafin has been named on IMDB.com as the actor filling Finnick’s role as well as Tony Shalhoub for Beetee. Patrick St. Esprit is also rumored to be the aggressive Peacekeeper of District 12, Romulus Thread.
As of the moment, “Catching Fire” is set to be released November 22, 2013 but is, of course, subject to change. Be sure to grab a copy of “The Hunger Games” when it hits stores next week. I sure will be!
8/8: It has officially been announced that Bruno Gunn will be playing the role of Brutus, a District 2 tribute.
8/9: Alan Ritchson has been given the role of District 1 tribute, Gloss.
8/10: The District 11 tribute Chaff will be played be E. Roger Mitchell!
8/17: Congratulations to Liam Hemsworth’s “The Last Song” Co-star Stephanie Leigh Schlund on landing the role of Cashmere, a District 1 tribute and brother of Gloss.