Game of Mockingjay

christieAfter the long drought of no Mockingjay-related news, we finally got some, but very much on the unexpected side. Today we learn that Lily Rabe had to back out of her role as Commander Lyme due to a scheduling conflict. That’s sad news because she would have undoubtedly been awesome in the role. We were really pleased when her casting was announced back in September.

But don’t be too sad for long, because there are lots of amazing actresses in the world, and count on the Mockingjay team to find one that will undoubtedly be great as well. Gwendoline Christie, best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones, will be taking on the role!

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Christie as Brienne of Tarth

I love Game of Thrones, and Christie’s role as Brienne is one tough woman. She’s a female knight who’s had to deal with an enormous amount of pain and bullshit for being a strong, brave woman in the sexist, oppressive world of the series. No doubt she can take a lot of her experience in that performance and channel it to her role as Lyme. She’ll be a powerful presence and I can’t wait to see her and Katniss go toe to toe.

This announcement also reveals that Lyme is in Mockingjay PART 2, there’s no mention of 1. This could be an oversight of whoever is reporting the news, or it could be another clue as to where the two movies are split. Hmm.

The Mockingjay movies already have a Game of Thrones actress on board with Natalie Dormer, though I don’t think Dormer and Christie have every had any scenes together on the show… yet?  It’s a well-timed announcement, since Season 4 of Game of Thrones begins this Sunday. So if you haven’t watched before, you’ve got some extra reason to now!

Fight on, ladies.

JJ

 

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4 comments

  1. Someone said that on WinterisComing.net, but I thought they were just doing a belated April’s Fool, which I thought was a pity since Gwendoline Christie would be a great choice for Lyme. Lily Rabe is also great, but she really doesn’t fit the book description of Lyme, and while I’m no purist, it’s nice to have a bit of diversity in the cast when it comes to sizes, too: if a female Victor (from the most dedicated Career district) turned soldier is supposed to be over 6′ and strong, why not cast a woman who’s really tall and strong.

    On the other hand, the news that the Nut will be in part 2 sucks – I always thought that would be a perfect ending for part 1.

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