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How Well Do the New Character Posters from Catching Fire and the BOOK Descriptions of Those Characters Line Up?

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | July 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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Lionsgate is premiering their trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at Comic Con. In order to whet the appetites of poor people that can’t afford to go across the country and nerd out, they’ve released some new images. We have the former Hunger Game victors in their propaganda posters for the upcoming Quarter Quell.

Instead of just showing you the photos, I thought it would be interesting to give you the book descriptions of each character.

Katniss: “straight black hair, olive skin, and grey eyes”, “small in stature”.

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Peeta: “stocky build and medium height with bright blue eyes and ashy blonde hair that falls in waves over his forehead”.

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Finnick: “tan skin,” “bronze-colored hair,” “incredible” sea green eyes.

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Johanna: She has wide-set brown eyes and short, spiky hair.

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Beetee: He is an older man with dark hair, ashen skin and glasses.

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Cashmere: She is said to have gorgeous curls of long blonde hair.

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Gloss: Classically beautiful and probably blonde. Is a dude.

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Wiress: Small, late-thirties to late-forties; female with dark hair and ashen skin.

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Mags: She’s eighty years old.

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Enobaria: After winning her Hunger Games, she had her teeth filed to sharp, gold-tipped points. That left it pretty open as far as casting goes.

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Brutus: He is in his forties and eager to return to the arena.

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  • TheOriginalMRod

    I think I pictured Tony Shalhoub as Beetee, But I always pictured Amanda Plummer as Wiress she has the cray cray thing down!

    And DANG... Josh Hutcherson...woo.

  • Nicole

    I have a problem with the casting of Enobaria. Normally, I'd cheer for a woman of color having a part in a big movie BUT why does it have to be the woman who is famous for ripping out a tribute's throat with her teeth? Especially since Clove (the previous District 2 tribute) was played by a white actress.

  • Az

    I can't with that Finnick, I just can't.

  • I do love the oufits.

    Also Josh Hutcherson's jaw. It's magnificent.

  • cgthegeek

    They really dropped the ball when they didn't cast Jesse Williams as Finnick.

  • Misa

    It seems (almost) everybody in the comments is missing the point: major characters in the book have dark(er) skin. They are all uniformly light-skinned in the movies. This is not about "movies can be different from the source books" or "this actress was great in the role, regardless of her resemblance to the original character".
    I also dislike referring to non-light skinned people as minorities. The Hunger Games is not set in the US or in Europe. Let's widen our perspective.

  • DominaNefret

    Yeah, the casting of the original movie really weirded me out, because I was under the impression that pretty much everyone in district twelve was supposed to be biracial. I am pretty sure it was even described that way. Or at least everyone who lived in The Seam.

  • Chris

    Well, that's a decision they made for the previous film, and can't really change now. Even if the books do describe plently of the major characters as having darker skin, along with the majority of the common people, that's not what the first film showed. The movie version of the fictional world apparently differs from the book version in that respect. Suddenly changing that between films one and two would be really strange.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    well, except it pretty much is set in the US, just a future version of the US - but I see your point on the word "minorities." (though other races? skintones? are definitely in the minority as pictured above)

  • Naye

    Jenna Malone, as always, has b-i-t-c-h down so kudos on her casting. I did see Beetee as older and paunchy but damn if Jeffrey Wright isn't going to play the heck out of that role. I gave up on caring what Katniss looked like, but im of the unpopular opinion that Peeta was cast perfectly.

  • Maia Walker

    I completely agree re: Peeta, I love the casting. I wish they had let more of his personality come out in the movie.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Now that I've finally read the books which were, eh, I really like the casting of the older characters. Always nice to see Jeffrey Wright.

    However, it would be nice to see some more minorities in there.

  • DominaNefret

    Especially considering there are so many minorities in the books.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I remember having a similar discussion over The Wizard of Earthsea tv movie, when I was explaining to someone that an islander described as having "coppery" skin shouldn't be played by this guy: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm003...

  • PDamian

    I was really, really hoping that Jesse Williams would be cast as Finnick.

    http://img2.timeinc.net/people...

    I mean, come ON ...

    Other than that, I have no opinion, except to say that Amanda Plummer as Wiress is perfect casting.

  • Berry

    I don't know much about his acting, but he would have looked perfect for the role. Just perfect. Gah. What might have been... Let's hope he's not too old for the part when they inevitably re-boot the franchise in... ooh, I'd say about a year and a half after the last movie.

  • Az

    He was my final pick for Finnick as well.

  • tmoney

    He has the prettiest eyes...amongst other things.

  • toblerone

    Fail on Johnna (too little skin), but then it's Jenna Malone who I love infinitely.

    Jeffrey Wright? Seriously?

  • I think these are their arena uniforms, so I'm sure you will see plenty of Johanna's skin in all the ceremonies beforehand.

  • toblerone

    I hope so.

    *Finnick is also a little over dressed.

  • BWeaves

    Mags? I haven't read the books, but that's an attractive older women. She has the best hair of anyone in these posters. Gotta be a wig, because all of the 80 year old women I know have severely thinning hair to the point of seeing their skulls.

  • SottoVoce

    That's Lynn Cohen. She's 70 and played Miranda's housekeeper/nanny on SATC.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    and a L&O judge!

  • SottoVoce

    Yes!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    My gramma had a really full head of hair up until her death at either 83 or 85 (we suspect she upped her age a few years on her marriage certificate, so we were never quite sure). Go Team Slav!

    (makes up for all the hair everywhere else)

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, I suspect I'll be a very hairy, very old person, too. I shave everything. Good thing it's white, so it doesn't show if I leave a mohawk down my arm or leg.

  • emmalita

    Dye it blue and green, show those young whipper-snapper punk wanna-be's how it's done.

  • BWeaves

    I went to a weaving conference where there was an old lady with blue hair. Now I don't mean your normal old lady blue hair. I mean ROYAL BLUE in your face hair. She wore optic white clothing is very interesting cuts. She was very striking. The look worked for her.

    We went for a tour of the downtown art galleries, and there were some punky looking teenagers hanging around outside. Blue hair lady passed a girl with bright green hair and smiled and nodded at her. Green hair girl's jaw dropped. I wouldn't be surprised if she dyed her hair mouse brown the next day.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I saw an older woman with turquoise blue hair on the subway. I pegged her for 70s. She was also wearing a matching turquoise blue velour suit and turquoise Doc Marten-like shoes. I *wanted* to take a picture of her with my phone, but I couldn't manage to be surreptitious enough.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I have a feeling if I dyed all my facial hair blue or green I'd be looking like one of them there fancy cat-whiskered people of Capital City.

  • emmalita

    Haha! I was thinking of the arm and leg Mohawks.

  • BWeaves

    I love how their genitals are clouded in moisture.

  • Marc Greene

    Of course, clouds are the only way to properly hide one's thunder.

  • $27019454

    The lions. They are moistening.

  • BendinIntheWind

    ..."Cashmere" and "Gloss"? At this point I have to think that a lot of YA authors are just trolling American baby-havers. It's like they all got drunk in college and made a mass wager to see who could most hilariously infect the next generation.

  • Derreck

    It's mentioned in the book how the kids in District 1 are assholes with stupid names.

    Still nothing worse than "Glimmer". Fucking Glimmer.

  • Koolickle

    Dystopian/Sci-fi/Fantasy....once you step out or realistic fiction, it sounds weirder to have characters named Steve and Bob. A lot of the names are intended to remind you of the district they represent which helps keep the characters straight when you have 24 thrown together. Cashmere and Gloss come from the district with luxury good production, Wiress comes from the technology sector (wires), Finnick is from a coastal fishing area (fins), Thresh is from the farming district...etc etc. It can be a little eye-rolling but preferable to dozens of randomly named contestants that drop dead before you learn much about them.

  • Steph

    Those characters are assholes though, nobody's going to name their babies after them.

  • BendinIntheWind

    You're right, parents would never latch on to a name without considering how much of a waste of space the attached character is...

    http://www.babycenter.com/baby...

  • llp

    Yes, but NOBODY likes Cashmere and Gloss, while a certain and disturbingly large subset of women love that character. Plus, that was a real name prior to to douchening.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Was that a direct-to-video Highlander sequel? "Highlander 9: THE DOUCHENING"

    :)

  • llp

    "There could never be just one."

  • Aaaaand my crush on Josh Hutcherson's jawline reemerges.

  • Modernlove

    Yeah, I'm okay with the descriptions not being exactly matching with the characters. These posters look amazing and Johannah especially looks better than I thought she would. I'm in.

  • Patty O'Green

    For some reason I pictured Beetee as being soft around the middle, out of shape. Did my mind supply that on its own, or does the text suggest it? I suppose I should read it again. I just don't think I can put myself through reading Mockingjay again...

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    When I saw the Beetee picture, I think I blue myself.

  • koko temur

    I think it was strongly suggested that he is..

  • Erin S

    I pictured him as Stephen Root's character in Dodgeball, so you're not alone.

  • Sherry

    Perhaps I am shallow, but I don't care--I think I gave up on caring about that after the first movie. And just for the record, I'd play hide-the-trident with this version of Finnick any day of the week, twice on Sunday.

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    I have a problem with the casting
    of Enobaria. Normally, I'd cheer for a woman of color having a part in
    a big movie BUT why does it have to be the woman who is famous for
    ripping out a tribute's throat with her teeth? Especially since Clove
    (the previous District 2 tribute) was played by a white actress.

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