As Jennifer Lawrence celebrates the release of her Oscar-contending film "Silver Linings Playbook," the star's attention will soon return to the first sequel to "The Hunger Games." The talented actress is currently shooting "Catching Fire," and the film is slated for release in 2013. While several stars from the first movie are set to reprise their roles, the actress is excited about some new faces. "We've got a new cast and they're wonderful," said Jennifer, who mentioned that production is going very well as of now. Given the talented stars that are joining the franchise for the sequel, it's no surprise that Jennifer is excited. Here is a look at some of the most notable stars to join the cast for "Catching Fire."
Philip brings a lot of credibility to "Catching Fire," and a lot of that has to do with the little gold statue he won for his turn in "Capote." The brilliant actor is taking on the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, which is described as one of the more complex characters involved in the story. Plutarch is the gamemaker with a secret agenda, which should give the actor plenty of chances to shine alongside his talented co-stars. Philip was recently seen in the acclaimed drama "The Master," so the actor is on top of his game as he works on this film.
Jena joins the movie in the role of Johanna Mason, past winner of the competition that knows her way around an ax. The 27-year-old Jena has been acting since childhood, and has earned a solid reputation on the indie circuit. Her credits include "Donnie Darko" and "Sucker Punch," among other popular films. If her work in those movies is any indication, Jena should have no problem handling the intense scenes that will come with "Catching Fire."
The veteran actor joins the cast as Beetee, another past winner that returns for the competition. Known for his supporting roles in films that range from "Ali" to "Syriana," the 46-year-old seems excited to be a part of the popular franchise. "It's really comforting," he said. "When you make a movie, you hope that you will surpass peoples' expectations." In addition to his film work, Jeffrey also took home an Emmy for his role in the popular 2003 miniseries "Angels in America."
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