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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Has A New Cast Member

For those who need a reminder, Messalla is the assistant to propaganda film director Cressida, to be played by Natalie Dormer. It’s not a particularly big role, if memory serves, but hey, any bit of diversity in the Mockingjay cast is good. And for a bit of actor trivia: The 25-year-old Evan Ross is the son of Diana Ross.

Speaking of diversity: Who are the characters introduced for the first time in Mockingjay? The only ones I can think of are Annie Cresta and Alma Coin, but it’s been a few years since I’ve read it. I’m just trying to think of characters with a bit more screentime than “Cressida’s assistant” who could, if played by a POC, make the currently rather white-looking movie a bit more balanced.

Warning: Beware spoilers for Catching Fire and Mockingjay in the comments.

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  • AnnaB

    He’s 25? He looks like a baby. He looks like he’s 15 or something (I’m a mother of 2–these young kids all look like babies to me).

    But it’s great! I hope he gets more screen time than the books gave him.

  • Schwinny

    The biggest one I can think of is Boggs, who is a much more significant character than Cressida or Messalla, and could easily be a POC.

  • Bittersweet Fountain

    Hmm…for some reason in my mind Messalla had a bigger role. Or maybe that’s just because every time I read the name, all I could think of was Charlton Heston shouting “MESSALLA.”

  • Ali Miller

    Haha! We share a brain.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Regarding Alfre Woodard: I see it.

  • Brittany K

    There are quite a few characters introduced in Mockingjay if I’m not mistaken, most of Katniss’s team are new characters aren’t they?
    I personally always imagined Boggs as a big black guy, although I don’t have a particular actor in mind.

  • Important Film Maker

    I thought he had been cast as one of the contestants- he looks 12 to me!

  • Anonymous

    On the one hand, I too hope that we’ll get a few more POC in the movie. On the other hand, I feel it’s likely that the producers just cast Ross, and then wiped their hands and said “Welp, we filled our black quota!”

  • Anonymous

    Casting by Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka: “Every movie has had one, and one is enough for any movie…”

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    The biggest one I can think of is Boggs, who is a much more significant character than Cressida or Messalla, and could easily be a POC.

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  • Rori

    While reading the book, I imagined Plutarch Heavensbee as Lawrence Fishburne-esque. I’m a fan of Hoffman, but THAT will be pretty weird for me.