The Hunger Games’ New Dormer

Forget whatever the hell is supposed to be going on with Catching Fire right now! Our slight case of ADHD has temporarily moved on to real, honest to goodness NEWS! Mockingjay news! Casting news!

Natalie Dormer has been cast as Cressida in Mockingjay: Part 1 and 2. As you can see, it’s kind of a big deal to us.

by nikola nickart

by nikola nickart

You may be tempted to say that Cressida casting is not THAT big of a deal because it’s a relatively small role, but consider this: Stanley Tucci is Caesar Flickerman and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is Plutarch Heavensbee, both relatively minor roles that would’ve been played by some random Joe and Jack Schmoe actors if there wasn’t a special caliber of acting expected for every role in this film. This has us thinking that Natalie Dormer is kinda sorta special.

We must admit, we don’t know a lot about Natalie Dormer. She’s well-loved as Margaery Tyrell on “Game of Thrones”, played Anne Boleyn on the popular television “The Tudors”, recently did the movie Rush with Liam Hemsworth’s brother Chris, and is currently filming the movie Posh with Sam Claflin. The resume isn’t massive, but she’s a young actress and what we see is really promising.

Cressida and her team are a great example of the difference between Capitol perceptions and the harsh reality. We see them lose their trademark naivety as they realize the horrors of war. By the time we hit Capitol Square, Cressida is the Capitol citizen (actually, Capitol defector) closest to getting on Katniss’ level. She’ll probably have a crazy unique look, which is why it’s kind of irrelevant to say she doesn’t look the way you’d expect Cressida to, but an even more unique personality. We seriously doubt Lionsgate would give such a role to just anybody. It requires range, people!

Her casting also gives us hints about when things will likely be filmed, as she’s currently filming with Sam Claflin, which likely means that neither of them will be needed when filming begins in late September (unless Posh finishes up in the next few weeks.) Perhaps filming will start off with District 8 or 2 visits, the bunker scene with Prim, or the book’s opening scenes dealing with Katniss’ depression, but it doesn’t seem like war and propo mode will be the first thing out of the gate!

Casting news doesn’t always feel like good news, but this one to giving Mockingjay a positive start.

Really, we’re more worried that she will be Sam Claflin’s love interest in Posh, which will somehow lead to us weirdly shipping Finnick/Cressida.

After That Last Thought, We Seriously Need Some Annie Casting News,
The Girl With The Pearl



  1. You (and the other fansites) discuss the possibility of Julianne Moore as Coin – and then the next day rumors pop up about how she was offered the role. You casually bring up how you want to see Annie casting news – and BANG, it happens. Next time could you use your psychic powers to force out an official Coin announcement out of them? Because I’m having an anxiety attack here. (1 million dollars on my bank account would also be great, just throwing that out there xoxo) šŸ˜€

  2. Thanks for this post. It nicely encapsulates all the little things that I was thinking in response to Natalie Dormer’s casting.

    I do love that they have name actors for even the smaller parts. It increases my confidence in the production because it shows they’re interested in getting all the little details right. It may make all the difference. šŸ™‚

  3. Loved your comment about the way Cressida and her team begin to see the light. I’m looking forward to these moments, Catching Fire, too. The little hint of tears in Effie’s butterfly-winged eyes at the Quarter Quell Reaping suggests we’ll start to see this transition sooner rather than later.

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