Deceptive title I know– but it’s true, the cast of The Hunger Games franchise are a working bunch of actors, and that’s a good thing. Yes, not only for them, ’cause it means they’re eating regularly, paying their bills, and are able to buy soap (soap’s very important, keeps you clean), it also means that we the fans can watch and/or look forward to seeing them in other roles, and therefore get a better grasp on what they as actors are capable of. Also, if they were one of the unfortunate lot whose character died in The Hunger Games, it’s kind of nice seeing them essentially rise from the dead, however as other people. So, without further ado here are a few tasty morsels to look forward to or nibble on pre and post November of 2013.
Leven Rambin’s character Glimmer may have died a horrific death in The Hunger Games, but that doesn’t mean she’s not still trucking away at her own personal dreams of being a successful actress. So, this weekend if you’re so inclined you can take in Leven acting her face off (but not literally), in the new Percy Jackson film opposite Logan Lerman. Check your local movie listings if you live in the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, or the Philippines, ’cause it’s out in all those countries today. Later this month it’s releasing even wider, and on into September it’s slated to be showing up in Greece, Australia, Argentina, Italy, and South Korea. After you’ve imbibed all your popcorn, and your monster sized cup of sugary carbonated water whilst watching Logan Lerman save the world… again, stay tuned within the next few months for Leven to show her face in the feature film Walter. Amazingly she has top billing on the IMDb page for the film, and the cast, not including Leven is pretty remarkable if I do say so myself, as it includes such names as William H. Macy, who has been in EVERYTHING, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia, Virginia Madsen, Neve Campbell, or as she’ll always be in my head– Julia Salinger from Party of Five, then there’s Justin Kirk– AKA Andy from Weeds, and Peter Facinelli. Personally I’m hoping this one turns out well, ’cause I like pretty much everyone in this cast, yes– even Facinelli.
Next victim, or Tribute if you will, is Mister Bruno Gunn! We haven’t seen him in action as Brutus in Catching Fire yet, only in static poster form sadly– but this month you can see him in the season finale of the HBO series True Blood. And if you’re a Trubie, little FYI– he’ll probably be clad in blue scrubs, and possibly in the company of Steve Newlin, AKA the worlds most hilarious former right-wing christian zealot turned gay vampire you’ll ever lay eyes upon. Anyway, I’m also under the impression that his role could possibly turn into something recurring, so cross your fingers, toes, and eyes for that to come to fruition– man’s gotta keep himself in soap, and keep feeding his dog. But there’s more! Just this past month he took part in the religious themed horror flick The Vatican Tapes, I have no info on when that one will be gracing the silver screen– but I’ll make an educated guess, and say probably next year maybe in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months, or perhaps around Halloween. Stay frosty, ’cause I think Bruno will show up in more projects sooner rather than later.
Dayo Okeniyi, the man with the thousand watt smile, has several films coming out in the near future. And if you’re one of the lucky people living in the Los Angeles area or New York City you can go see him in the critically well received film The Spectacular Now, which is in theatres in both those places right this very moment. The rest of us lazy sods will have to wait around for it to show up on Blu-ray, On Demand, or in our local independent movie houses. Grudgingly I’m now going to lay on you that Dayo’s currently filming a feature film opposite this fandom’s least favorite choice for Finnick Odair, yep– none other than Alex Pettyfer. The film’s called Endless Love, and the synopsis reads like something I’m positive will intrigue some, and make others scratch their heads and say, “wha’?” Synopsis is as follows, “the romance between two teenagers turns obsessive, dark, and disastrous.” So, basically he’s in Romeo & Juliet for the iPhone proficient. Do with that what you will.
Another Catching Fire cast member will also be gracing us with his presence on the premium cable network HBO very very soon. Jeffrey Wright, our Beetee, has what looks like a meaty recurring role on Boardwalk Empire this forthcoming season. Luckily for most of us we won’t have to wait that long to see him showcasing his acting chops in this aforementioned meaty role, because Boardwalk Empire’s season premiere is September 8th of this year. If you’re not a Boardwalk Empire fan yet, I suggest you marathon that shit ASAP, because you’ve already potentially missed three years of amazing, and stepping in at the beginning of the fourth year is like skipping dinner, and then only eating the cherry on top of your melty chocolate fudge sundae. Go to! As they say in Shakespeare.
Lastly we have The Hunger Games alumni Alexander Ludwig who’s currently filming the second season of the TV series for the History Channel, Vikings. He’s far from home, and breathing the fresh air of Ireland, probably drinking lots of beer, and getting in touch with his likely non-existent Irish roots. Most notable however is Xander’s up coming film Lone Survivor, which looks like one of those films that may end up competing for an Oscar or two at next years Oscar ceremonies. Xander probably has a closet full of soap by now, tiny little hotel soaps if I’m guessing.
That’s all for now folks!
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