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Three Book Characters Won’t Be In Catching Fire, But Katniss and Peeta in These Snazzy Clothes Will

Since our first official look at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out yesterday we’ve had several tidbits about the film cross our path, among them a pair of new pictures and confirmation from director Francis Lawrence of three characters who didn’t make the jump from page to screen.

So who got the axe? (Or spear, à la Rue… oh, sorry, too soon?) And what was that about new pictures? Hit the jump to find out.

Not appearing in a theater near you are Bonnie and Twill, the District 8 runaways Katniss runs into in the woods outside District 12 who tell her about the rebellion in Panem and the existence of District 13.

The third character in question is Darius, the young District 12 peacekeeper who intervened during Gale’s whipping, was made into an Avox, and served Katniss and Peeta during the Quarter Quell.

Says producer Nina Jacobson on the cuts:

“It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan. I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”

Now that we have that agony out of the way, here are those pictures I mentioned, featuring Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and Peacekeepers who look kind of like the Engineers from Prometheus envisioned through the lens of a Daft Punk music video.

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  • Lyssie89

    What about Annie? We are supposed to at least get a glimpse of her in Catching Fire and I haven’t heard a peep.

  • Nikki Lincoln

    Yea, at least her voice for the Mockingjays! I wonder if they’re going to give her the Plutarch treatment and brush over it so they can hire a bigger actor for the next movie?

  • Sun

    Annie is not appearing in CF, that’s for sure. There are a lot of minor characters who appear for a short time in Katniss’ tale, but their relevance to the story is practically not existant, so I suggest we don’t expect them to say some lines. Then we have Madge, who has been absence in THG, and there were many fans who were upset, but I think it was the right thing to do. For someone who hasn’t read the books, the movie wouldn’t have been as clear as it was to the rest of us. Madge’s chances of making a short cameo in CF are a bit higher now, but I stil believe we won’t be seeing her on screen.

    Oh, and I’d like to thank because it’s a kick-ass website.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. Mockingjay’s being split into two movies, so I’m guessing they’ll want to hire someone big (or kinda big) and introduce her character in a fuller way than if they’d just shoehorned her into Catching Fire.

  • TKS

    These Peacekeepers look a lot better than the The Hunger Games’ Peacekeepers. That’s for sure.

    B-Dubs, if you haven’t watched the The Hunger Games Rifftrax yet, do yourself a favor and watch them. Fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Are those the guys from Daft Punk?

  • MASTER Aidan

    I admittedly have not read or seen the Hunger Games and I was really confused about why the Stig was in that picture.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Cutting out the runaways? So… how are they going to SPOILERS foreshadow District 13, then? That’s the only reason those characters were in the book in the first place. It’s going to seem like an even bigger deus ex machina if we’ve never heard of the resistance before.