'Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Meet the Cast!
Antonius (Robert Knepper)
The role: Antonius does not actually appear in Suzanne Collins' novel, but we've got some theories about what role he might play in the Hunger Games' closing installment(s).
The actor: Knepper's been all over the small screen after a standout turn as Prison Break's love-to-hate-him inmate T-Bag; since then, he's appeared on Heroes, Stargate Universe, Cult, and Mob City. He's also kept up a hearty résumé, with parts in projects ranging from Good Night, and Good Luck. to R.I.P.D. and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Patina Miller (Commander Paylor)
The role: The District 8 leader is tasked with assessing Katniss' commitment to the rebellion. As the battle grows more complicated, she takes on increasing prominence and makes decisions that will have lasting effects on Panem.
The actor: Miller broke out in her Tony-nominated turn as Deloris Van Cartier in the 2011 musical adaptation of Sister Act. She didn't take home Broadway's biggest honor for that performance, but she scored a 2013 Tony for her role in the revival of Pippin. Though she had a 30-episode gig on All My Children from 2007-08, Mockingjay marks Miller's big move into Hollywood.
Julianne Moore (Alma Coin)
The role: President Alma Coin leads the resistance from bombed-out District 13. But she's not necessarily one of the good guys — and much of Mockingjay focuses on her occasionally antagonistic relationship with Katniss.
The actor: Moore has been nominated for four Academy Awards in a career that has freely skipped between landmark independent films and blockbuster fare. She recently won an Emmy for playing former Governor Sarah Palin in Game Change, and plays the spooky Mama White in the new Carrie. Notably, the book's Alma Coin is gray-haired, so expect some serious wig action for the famously ginger-haired Moore.
Natalie Dormer (Cressida)
The role: A filmmaker-turned-propagandist for the anti-Capitol cause, Cressida follows Katniss through several battles flanked by a camera crew.
The actor: Dormer is best known for sultry palace-intrigue roles as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors and Margaery Tyrelle on Game of Thrones. Since the book's Cressida has a shaved head, except some serious bald-cap action for the famously fair-haired Dormer.
Stef Dawson (Annie Cresta)
The role: A victor-by-default of a previous Hunger Games, the PTSD-suffering District 4 native is the love of Finnick's life. Bad things happen to Annie quite frequently.
The actor: An Australian native whose biggest credit is the Australian thriller Wrath, Dawson is an unknown in the States. (For now.)
Evan Ross (Messalla)
The role: An assistant to Cressida, Messalla is a body-pierced filmmaker from the Capitol who joins the rebellion.
The actor: Ross had a recurring role on 90210 and will play Dallas Austin in VH1's TLC biopic. He's also Diana Ross' son and Ashlee Simpson's boyfriend. So he has that going for him. Which is nice.
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen)
The role: In Catching Fire, Katniss sees that her role in the 74th Hunger Games resonated throughout Panem, and an unexpected development during her second trip to The Hunger Games (this time in the victors-only Third Quarter Quell) brings a terrifying, turbulent realism to that realization.
The actor: Lawrence is one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Following her Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook, her busy dance card includes reuniting with Bradley Cooper in Susanne Bier's Depression-era Serena, reuniting with Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell in American Hustle, and once again donning the blue body paint as Mystique in 2014's mega-sequel-prequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark)
The role: Tension over their reality showmance simmered throughout Catching Fire, but absence makes the heart grow fonder as Peeta and Katniss find themselves violently separated at the beginning of Mockingjay.
The actor: Since the release of Hunger Games, Hutcherson appeared in the long-delayed Red Dawn and voiced a lead character in Epic. Of course, he's been working since his pre-teen years, with roles in Zathura, the Journey movies, and The Kids Are All Right.
Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne)
The role: Growing closeness with Katniss has done nothing to dim Gale's revolutionary spirit, and he emerges as a legitimate leader as the uprising develops into a full-scale civil war.
The actor: Hemsworth, who won the honorary newbie slot in last August's The Expendables 2, is making a bit of a career of starring opposite seasoned movie stars. His most recent project was the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia, costarring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Richard Dreyfuss, and, to keep things interesting, Amber Heard.
Donald Sutherland (President Snow)
The role: A man with a flair for the dramatic finds himself in the thick of life-or-death drama as the abrupt end of the 75th Hunger Games puts him in a tenuous position politically.
The actor: The impending end of his tenure as President Snow doesn't signal a slow-down for Sutherland, who has already canned three projects (2013's Forsaken and The Calling, and 2014's Basmati Blues) for the lull between Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy)
The role: Crafty and calculating, Haymitch proves to be much more than a washed-up drunk by the end of Catching Fire. Those talents become ever more crucial as the districts unite against the Capitol.
The actor: Harrelson's career renaissance continues unabated. After the surprise-hit Now You See Me, he's voicing one of the lead turkeys in the animated Thanksgiving film Free Birds and stars alongside Matthew McConaughey in HBO's intriguing new series True Detective.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee)
The role: The new Head Gamemaker made for perhaps Catching Fire's most surprising addition to the Hunger Games universe, and Katniss will find herself closely aligned with the man she initially believed to be planning her demise.
The actor: Last year, Hoffman earned his third Tony nomination and his fourth Oscar nomination for Death of a Salesman and The Master, respectively. He won the Best Actor Oscar for Capote in 2005.
Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair)
The role: The District 4 Don Juan gets a softer side with the introduction of Annie in Mockingjay. As he is inside the 75th Hunger Games, Finnick will continue to be a powerful ally to Katniss once the remaining competitors get out of the arena.
The actor: The role marks yet another remarkable step forward in the lightning-fast rise of Claflin's career. The 24-year-old Brit first appeared in a supporting role in the Starz miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. In 2011, he starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as the young romantic lead (i.e. the Orlando Bloom role). And Claflin vied for Kristen Stewart's affections in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.
Jena Malone (Johanna Mason)
The role: Friction between Johanna and Katniss carries over from the Games. Though, with stakes this high, the two spirited ladies will have to learn to work together or fail alone.
The actor: Malone began her acting career at 12 years old in the acclaimed Showtime movie Bastard Out of Carolina and as a young Jodie Foster in the sci-fi drama Contact. She most recently appeared in History's ratings-record-breaking miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, and has a part in Paul Thomas Anderson's Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.
Jeffrey Wright (Beetee)
The role: The penultimate film delves into how the eccentric electrician will fare after an especially brutal go of it in the arena leaves him injured and impacted by a major loss.
The actor: Wright is best known for his work in the play Angels in America, which earned him a Tony Award in 1994. In 2003, he reprised his role in the HBO mini-series, earning a Golden Globe and an Emmy. He's also appeared in Basquiat, Source Code, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, W., Syriana, and Cadillac Records.
Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen)
The role: Katniss first volunteered for the Games to save her younger sister, but only a year has made all the difference for Prim, who shows herself to be just as fiery as her Girl on Fire sister and similarly resolute as Gale.
The actor: Shields is sassy and busy — she's booked roles in three films during her Hunger hiatus, including 2013 thrillers A Fall from Grace and The Wonder, as well as the 2014 drama Conversations with Andy.
Paula Malcomson (Mrs. Everdeen)
The role: Before her husband died, Katniss and Prim's mother was a healer — a talent that very much comes in handy in both Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
The actor: The journeyman actress continues her implicit goal to appear on every TV show ever, following up lead roles on Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, and Caprica with a lead role on Showtime's new series Ray Donovan.
Francis Lawrence (Director)
The role: Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer) should be all settled in to Panem after completing Catching Fire. Now his challenge is splitting Suzanne Collins' final novel into two full-length films — not to mention keeping frantic fans at bay after what's sure to be a craze-inducing Mockingjay cliffhanger. He'll have help on that front from award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong (The Butler, Game Change), who came aboard to close out the franchise.
The director: Lawrence has helmed TV shows, music videos, and behind-the-scenes documentaries for Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, and Green Day. Most pertinent to his Catching Fire prep, perhaps, was his work on Will Smith's 2007 action flick I Am Legend, as well as his experience adapting Sara Gruen's beloved novel Water for Elephants into a 2011 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.