Now that we’ve got most of the major players (okay… now that we’ve got our Finnick) for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we thought we’d go ahead and cast the rest of the film. Take a look at some of our picks for the film’s more minor characters below. (WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW!)
David Strathairn as Beetee: I know, Tony Shalhoub is rumored for this part. And to be honest, I’m not all that opposed to this casting. But, if it falls through and the Hunger Games casting agents need another opinion, might I suggest Strathairn of Alphas and The Bourne Ultimatum fame? Personally, I pictured Beetee a little older than Shalhoub, and I think that Strathairn could pull off the character’s twitchy vibe, yet still bring a bit of authority to the role. For some reason I just can’t picture Mr. Monk arguing with Caesar Flickerman over the legality of the Hunger Games.
Stephen Amell as Blight: So, Blight doesn’t really appear in the book much, since he gets electrocuted before Katniss and Peeta ever hook up with Johanna. Still, this guy’s Johanna’s fellow District 7 tribute, so he’s got to be at least kind of intimidating. I’m thinking Arrow‘s new star could go toe-to-toe with Jena Malone. I mean, have you seen him do pull-ups yet? Ideally Blight would be shirtless his entire time on screen, thank you.
Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods) as Bonnie: This young actress plays Bridget Moynahan’s daughter on the CBS series Blue Bloods. With her waif-like appearance and big eyes, she’d be perfect as the young school girl on the run.
Connie Britton as Twill: She’s a little older than the role calls for, but I think Britton is perfect as the teacher who finds the strength to go on after the death of her husband. We already know she can play a great mother from Friday Night Lights and she’s certainly tough enough after her stint on American Horror Story. Plus, Britton just makes everything better.
Oliver Phelps as Darius: Who better as the young peacekeeper that stands up for Gale than a Weasley twin? And he has experience with losing body parts after getting his ear blown off in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Becoming an Avox will be a breeze.
Rebecca Hall (The Town) as Cecelia: There’s something about her that screams helpless but also strong mother to me. Maybe it was watching her deal with Christian Bale’s multiple personalities in The Prestige. I could definitely see myself crying as this woman fights to untangle herself from her children following the Reaping.
Julianna Margulies as Hazelle Hawthorne: The star already has experience being a single parent after Peter Florick’s betrayal on The Good Wife. I’d love to see her play mother to the headstrong Gale.
Cloris Leachman and Gene Wilder as the Morphlings: Because this would reunite the Young Frankenstein co-stars. And I want to see them painting each other.
Leonard Nimoy as Woof: The Star Trek actor only really does cameos nowadays, but tell me you don’t want to see him eat bugs.
Honey Boo Boo (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo) as Posy Hawthorne: Just kidding. Sort of.
What are your picks, PopWatchers?