Mockingjay Filming and Casting: Hunger Games 3
Mockingjay, the final book of the Hunger Games series, will be split into two movies.
Mockingjay - Part 1 is due out in theatres November 21, 2014. The summary for Mockingjay Part 1 is, "Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol."
Mockingjay - Part 2 is due out the following Thanksgiving, November 20, 2015. The film summary for Part 2 is, "Katniss Everdeen and wayward Peeta Mellark attempt to win the civil war between the autocratic Capitol and the war-torn Districts of Panem."
The official titles of the movies will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2.
Look below for filming updates and extras casting call updates and information as well as fantasy casting polls, story summaries, and more about Mockingjay and the Hunger Games series.
Mockingjay Movie Updates
- The third and fourth Hunger Games movies are currently in pre-production.
- Francis Lawrence will be directing both Mockingjay movies. He is the director of Catching Fire as well.
- The script for Part 1 has been given the green light by studio executives and now the script for Part 2 is currently being written. Danny Strong will be the writer.
- Part 2 is currently in the treatment/outline phase, which basically means that the production team is thinking about what will take place in each movie.
- Casting has not begun.
- Filming will begin in September 16, 2013 and will go through May 2014.
- Part 1 and Part 2 will be filmed back to back to cut down on production costs.
- There are currently 3 filming locations for Mockingjay - Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.
- A great site for filming updates is HungerGamesMovies.org. They have movie tidbits and tons of information about the movies and the actors involved.
- There have been rumors floating around that UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has been offered a part in Mockingjay.
- Rumor also has it that Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) has been offered a part in the movies as a citizen in the Capitol.
- Julianne Moore is reportedly in talks for the role of President Alma Coin.
Mockingjay Filming Locations
The filming taking place in Boston is most likely to be the scenes from the Capitol as Katniss and her team make their way in.
Filming in Atlanta will be at a studio.
Most of the filming in LA is likely to be in a studio.
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Mockingjay Extras Casting Information
If you live in the area of one of the filming locations, you definitely have a shot of being an extra in the movie. The production company will need hundreds and maybe even thousands of people to be extras in the Mockingjay films.
Keep in mind that the major parts are going to go to actors who already have Hollywood experience. Even minor speaking roles will only go to people who already have agents, experience, head shots, and all the other expensive things involved with the acting business.
Here's what you need to know about extras for the movie:
- The casting and production companies are going to be looking for local people. That way they can depend on them being able to show up for work and not be out of the area when they are needed. People who can commit to being in the area the entire time of filming might be considered as well.
- Filming can take place during any time of the day. So you will have to be able to get out of school, work, and any other obligations you may have.
- An adult must be with you if you are under 18. If you are cast, you will have to get a work permit for the state you are filming in.
- Extras for these films are paid, but it isn't a huge amount of money.
- When the casting calls come out, you will need to register with the casting company or at least communicate with them about the part. The Hunger Games had open casting calls in a local mall, but Catching Fire was mainly done just through the agency. The agency will probably just handle the casting for Mockingjay as well.
- You are more than likely going to need 3 good pictures of yourself, but not necessarily professional quality pictures. The casting company is just wanting to get a good idea of what you look like.
- In some instances, they may also ask for a video of you doing something in particular, like crying, to see how well you would look in a scene on camera.
- Don't be heartbroken if you aren't chosen as an extra for this movie. They will be looking for people of a very specific physical appearance to match the script. You may not match that description. They are also likely to have thousands of people applying for parts that call for just a handful of people.
It's okay to dream big, but realize that getting into acting is tough. Big breaks are very, very rare. If you want to act, start with local stuff like community theater and acting classes. If that goes well, then look into getting an agent for small parts like commercials.
More Casting Information
- Principal character casting will take place in Los Angeles with additional casting in both Boston and Atlanta.
- Extra casting will take place in all three places throughout the production.
- Casting calls for extras should be out in late summer of 2013.
- The casting calls will more than likely not be under the name Mockingjay or Hunger Games. It will be listed under a working title. It is basically a way to disguise the movie so information doesn't leak out. The Hunger Games was filmed under the working title Artemis. Catching Fire was labeled Idiom.
- Catrett Locke Casting was the extras casting agency used for Catching Fire. It will more than likely be the same company who will post casting calls for Mockingjay. Check their blog regularly for casting calls.
- The blog Acting Auditions is another great place to check for casting calls. The site lists casting calls for lots of major movies. It will have Mockingjay casting calls posted when they come out.
From this point on, story plot and new characters will be discussed. Don't scroll down if you don't want to find out what happens in the story.
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New Characters in Mockingjay
There are several new characters that will be appearing in the Mockingjay movies. Some characters may actually appear in the later parts of Catching Fire depending on how the books are divided to fit the movie scripts.
- President Alma Coin - She is president of District 13 and is the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol.
- Boggs - He is President Coin's right hand man and becomes Katniss' personal guardian later on.
- Annie Cresta - She is a victor from District 4 during the 70th Hunger Games. She has mental problems after witnessing the brutality during the games. She is Finnick Odair's girlfriend and later becomes his wife.
- Commander Paylor - She lead the rebels in District 8 against the Capitol and later becomes President when the Capitol is overthrown.
- Soldier York - She trains young people in District 13.
- Fulvia Cardew - She is a former citizen of the Capitol who ends up with the rebels in District 13. She helps make propaganda films to win people over to the side of the rebels.
- Cressida, Messalla, Castor, and Pollux - Part of the tv crew for Squad 451 who go with Katniss on a special mission to the Capitol.
- Homes, Jackson, Leeg 1, Leeg 2, and Mitchell - Sharpshooter soldiers of Squad 451 from District 13 who go with Katniss on a special mission to the Capitol.
- Tigris - She is a shopkeeper in the Capitol who sells fur clothing. She hides Katniss and the rest of Squad 451 during their mission.
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Mockingjay Story Overview
The story gets more intense in Mockingjay as the nation gears up for war between the Capitol and the rebels.
Katniss finds herself in District 13 with Finnick and Beetee after she was pulled from the arena during the games. She is desperate to find Peeta and worried about what is happening to him in the Capitol along with Annie, Johanna, and some of the other victors.
The Capitol destroyed District 12. Gale along with Katniss' family and a few other survivors from District 12 have made their way safely to the rebel camp in District 13.
District 13 is mostly underground. It was mostly destroyed by the Capitol. The District made an agreement with the Capitol to "play dead" in exchange to be left alone and not start a nuclear war.
The people live in a huge underground facility and are led by President Alma Coin, a very stern and controlling woman. Food is rationed and everyone is on a strict schedule.
Katniss makes a deal to earn a few special privileges for her family and herself, like the ability to hunt near the bunker and to be able to keep Buttercup, Prim's cat.
The rebels want Katniss to be the face of the revolution as the Mockingjay. To do this, she must tape a series of commercials. Meanwhile, the Capitol forces Peeta to do interviews asking for a cease-fire.
Peeta warns Katniss about an attack the Capitol is planning against District 13. Everyone has to go down to the lower levels of the bunkers because of the attack alarm. Prim barely makes it into the bunker in time because she was trying to make sure Buttercup was safe, too.
The rebels want Katniss to film a commercial showing that she has survived the attacks, but she breaks down crying. The rebels realize that she won't be much help to them until she knows Peeta is safe. They decide to send a team to rescue him and the other victors.
Peeta is rescued, but is in a bad mental state. The Capitol tortured him using tracker jacker poison and mind control to trick him into hating Katniss. Peeta eventually gets a handle on what is real and what wasn't, but he isn't completely well.
Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and several specially trained soldiers are sent to the Capitol along with a tv crew to film more propaganda commercials. The team gets hit hard with several booby traps along the way and looses members of the team. Boggs, President Coins' right hand man, is blown up. He tells Katniss not to trust Coin and not to go back to 13 just before he dies.
She gets the rest of the team to believe that they are on a mission to kill President Snow. The team goes farther into the Capitol instead of returning home. They retreat into the sewers where they encounter mutant creatures. More team members are lost, including Finnick.
They escape the sewers and hide out in the basement of a shop for awhile amidst the chaos of the Capitol as the rebels advance on the city. The team uses the chaos to blend into the crowd and continue their advance on Snow's mansion.
They become separated and Katniss finds her way to the mansion herself. Meanwhile, Prim and many other children are near the presidential mansion unloading supplies and helping victims injured in the battle. Bombs go off killing Prim along with other children and injuring Katniss as well.
Katniss is suffering from a severe case of post-traumatic stress. The rebels take over the city and Snow is placed on trial. He tells Katniss that Coin was actually the one who ordered the explosion that killed her sister based on bombs designed by Gale.
When Katniss is supposed to execute Snow, she instead turns her arrow on President Coin and assassinates her. The crows riots and Snow is later found dead. Katniss is placed on trial for murdering Coin, but is found not guilty because of insanity.
Commander Paylor becomes president and abolishes the Hunger Games and starts to make over the nation. Katniss and Peeta return to District 12 to rebuild. They help each other to recover and they eventually have two children together.
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