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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Just Cast A Character Who’s Not In The Books

Real Or Not Real?

We’ve been hearing about casting for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 for some time now. While we’re still waiting to hear word on who will play Tigris, Lionsgate has gone and announced Prison Break’s Robert Knepper for the film. But who is he playing? Well, that’s what we’d like to know.

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Knepper has been cast as Antonius. Who now? After the announcement went up on the official Hunger Games instagram, it was met by a slew of people wondering who this was, and another bunch saying they’ve read the novels thousands of times and this dude ain’t in them.

Up until now, The Hunger Games films have done a pretty good job relying on the source text and not adding in unnecessary characters. HBO’s Game of Thrones on the other hand, has removed characters, added new ones, or combined a few from the books in order to save time. Is that what’s happening here?

Any thoughts on who this character could be? The only person that came to mind immediately was Dr. Aurelius but unless Antonius is his first name, it wouldn’t make much sense to change it. Otherwise, perhaps a particular member of the Capitol who interacts with Peeta?

Oddly enough, Knepper was just recently added to another nerdy property. He’ll be playing the villain Clock King on The CW’s Arrow. To be sure, Knepper has often played bad guys and is definitely good at it. That’s what I’m leaning toward.

(via The Hunger Games instagram)

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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