I think we’ve all become kind of used to the arduous game of waiting, some are seemingly new at it, others it’s just old-hat. I’m speaking of course of the waiting game on anything released from The Powers That Be, AKA Lionsgate, about Catching Fire. Last week we remarkably got the somewhat unsurprising confirmation of Mockingjay being split into two, but no other news on Catching Fire other than Plutarch being officially cast, now the well of news has dried up in any official capacity, and we’re stuck sitting around twiddling our thumbs, and then scrambling when some gossip site decides to drop Finnick casting rumors on us like a fat, greasy bully that smells like Doritos. But lemme ask this, why’s it always have to be Finnick news and/or rumors? I for one would love to hear even unsubstantiated rumors about possible Beetee’s, or Wiress’, even a little Chaff spillings here or there would tickle my fancy, and not to mention get me off this roller coaster called The Finnick-Express-To-Oh-My-God-Why-They-Talking-To-Him!? I can’t be alone on this, can I?
Look, I love that we got Philip Seymour Hoffman on the roster to play Plutarch, it’s probably the best news since Woody Harrelson was cast as Haymitch. Oooh, just had a little vision of Harrelson and Hoffman interacting in scenes from Mockingjay, they are going to have the best time, and we will have the best time watching like the little voyeurs we don’t aim to be, but kind of are. Anyway, loving the potential dynamic of those two exceptionally talented men-folk, but really Plutarch in the grand scheme of things doesn’t even come close to the level of anticipation other character castings have behind them. Johanna for instance, while Jena Malone is pretty much considered in the bag on that one, Johanna’s casting by far has always been one of the most contentious, heatedly debated, and basically bitched over since before The Hunger Games was even officially cast its self. And then there’s Beetee, who many people would like to be cast with an actor who is a person of color (Asian in his case). Me? Well, I’ve had my own ideas for a good long time, but I doubt they’ll even consider them. And, where’s the love for Mags, Chaff, or even dentally challenged Enobaria? True they’re not as glamorous as Finnick, certainly don’t fill out a gold-net knotted at the hip like he potentially will– but people love them too, or hate them– okay we tolerate Enobaria.
They have over 20 characters to cast, not including Plutarch, and the purported production schedule is creeping up in about ten weeks. That’s not a lot of time to find these people, train them to throw axes, spears, tridents, knives, and any number of other weaponry, not including guns.
It’s a daunting task, that for some sick reason I think I would have the best time participating in– the casting, not the training.
Them There Eyes
P.S. You get mucho points if you know the name of the character at the top of the page, and the significance of his name.