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Natalie Dormer Joins the Cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay


Man, everything’s coming up casting today. First Ben Affleck was chosen to be Batman. Then Bradley Cooper might be Rocket Raccoon. Now Game of ThronesNatalie Dormer has been tapped for a role in the two-part movie adaptation of Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy.

But who is she playing? Hit the jump to find out. (Worry not if you haven’t read the book: Spoilery bits are covered.)

That would be Cressida, the film director and member of the rebellion who has a particular flair for making propaganda films about Katniss. Like most people who originally hail from the Capitol, Cressida has a bit of a weird visual vibe going on. Via The Hunger Games Wiki, she’s “a young woman whose head is shaved bald and tattooed with vivid green vines.”

Yeeeeah… I doubt they’re going to shave Natalie Dormer’s head. Just a hunch.

It’s been a few years since I’ve read Mockingjay, but what I remember about Cressida makes me really like this casting. Like many residents of District 13 she has a little bit of moral ambiguity going on, at least insomuch as she’s perfectly fine with bending the truth to get potential rebels on their side. There’s no one I can think of who can play ultimately-good-but-with-a-heavy-dose-of-sneaky better than Dormer.

I just hope Mockingjay‘s filming schedule doesn’t conflict with Game of Thrones’. I’d hate to see less Margaery Tyrell. She lights up my life.

Catching Fire doesn’t come out until November, but we heard earlier that Mockingjay will start filming soon—like, next month soon. I’m guessing that Dormer’s casting is only the first one we’ll be hearing about in the next few weeks. Given that, might I prevail upon the cinema gods to confirm the rumor that Julianne Moore will be playing District 13 President Alma Coin?

(via: Zap2it)

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting! I love Dormer so any time she joins a project, I’m happy for her. Now, I don’t know if others had this problem but when I was reading Mockingjay I had a hard time keeping all the District 13 rebels straight. So I’ll be interested to see what Dormer brings to the character because, to be honest, she wasn’t very memorable to me in the book. Did anyone else feel that way?

  • Sarah Brockman

    I couldn’t remember the character until they listed the description, and even now I don’t remember much. But I also flew through the books in a couple days and have probably forgotten a lot.

  • Alyson L

    She would look awesome bald though. They don’t have to shave her head but they could bald cap her.

  • Anonymous

    She *might* shave her head. If it’s good enough for Karen Gillan…!

    (although Karen Gillan isn’t currently in a tv series that requires her to have her hair so that gives her a little more freedom I suppose )

  • Alyson L

    Very true. It would be cool if she did but she does have another role that requires her to have hair but wigs look better on the screen then bald caps.

  • Mandy

    Man I hope they do keep the character bald though. Either shaving or bald cape. Maybe between her and Karen Gillan they could start a bald ladies trend?

    But seriously bald lady with “tattooed with vivid green vines” on her head sounds like way too fun a chaacter design to ignore.

  • Katy

    I adore Natalie Dormer! Ever since she was in The Tudors! When I saw the announcement I thought she’d be a great Cressida. As for Julianne Moore as President Coin, I could see it, but I always pictured Joan Allen as President Coin.

  • jbod

    I read Mockingjay, it was okay and all, but really? 2 movies? That is going above and beyond the hollywood trend of stretching it thin.

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    I adore Natalie Dormer! Ever since she was in The Tudors! When I saw the announcement I thought she’d be a great Cressida. As for Julianne Moore as President Coin, I could see it, but I always pictured Joan Allen as President Coin.

  • Melynda

    Don’t most of the cast of GoT wear hair pieces in some way anyway?

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    I think Dorner would be down for getting her head shaved. That would be great if she does it, and I believe that she’s just awesome enough to be like, “Yeah, sure. I don’t mind.”

  • Not So Young Democrat

    Does anyone else thing Natalie Dormer looks like Kathleen Turner in that picture?