Robert Knepper to Play Antonius in Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2

Mockingjay casting news has resumed!  In what came as a surprise to some of us, Lionsgate announced that Prison Break actor Robert Knepper would be taking on the role of Antonius in both Mockingjay films.

 

Now WHO is Antonius, you might ask?  Early on there was a lot of speculation that he was Dr. Aurelius; however The Wrap is reporting that Antonius is actually President Snow’s Minister.  We’re still not exactly sure what that means, but if we find out more we’ll let you know!

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Stef Dawson Talks About Auditioning for the Role of Annie Cresta

An interview The Canberra Times conducted with Stef Dawson–who recently landed the role of Annie Cresta in both Mockingjay films–has surfaced where she discusses auditioning for the role and talks a little about Annie in general.

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On her audition for the role of Annie:

The former Canberra Girls Grammar School and Radford College student auditioned only three weeks ago for the part of Annie Cresta in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 films.

“I did one audition and that was enough. Apparently, they were blown away, they didn’t have to see any more,” she said.

And here’s what Stef had to say about Annie, the character, and how they are similar:

She is ready for The Hunger Games ride.

“I’ve been a fan of the books even before they were made into films. I love the message [author] Suzanne Collins is saying in them,” she said.

“Probably how people can turn on each other and become their worst enemies, when it’s those around you, you really need to survive. I think love is a big thing for my character Annie, she wouldn’t survive without love, she’s at breaking point.”

Dawson said she would bring definite attributes to the role of Annie Cresta, a victor from District 4 and the love interest of Finnick, played by British actor Sam Claflin.

“I think I have a fragility and a vulnerability,” she said.

“I think she’s a a girl that has been through some stuff, she’s had some really hard experiences in her life which I have as well. Annie is also a survivor.

The complete interview provides some insight into Dawson’s background, so we recommend you give it a read, which you can do by clicking here!

Mockingjay Casting Call and Production Dates

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As we told you earlier this week, Production Weekly announced via Twitter that Mockingjay Part 1 would commence production in September with filming locations in both Boston and Atlanta.  According to a post by Acting Auditions, pre-production is already underway, with filming going through May 2014. In addition to this, they have listed rules and regulations for actors who wish to be part of the film, which includes being eligible to legally work in Boston, Atlanta and the United States.

Color Force/C4 Productions in association with Larger Than Life Productions are in pre-production on the feature film “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”. This is the first half of the third installment in the blockbuster hit The Hunger Games trilogy, and will be filmed back-to-back with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”. Shooting will run from September 16, 2013 through May 20, 2014 and will take place in Atlanta, GA and Boston, MA. Principal actor casting for the main roles will take place in Los Angeles with additional actor casting in Atlanta and Boston. Extras will be cast throughout the entire production in both cities.

Since there is still no official confirmation to any of this, we’re going to consider this a rumor.  However, if this is true, what scenes do think will be shot in Boston? And how excited are you to be getting Mockingjay news this soon?!

Thanks to Hunger Games Examiner for the tip!