Catching Fire Movie Casting News – Audition Process Has Started

According to http://www.acting-auditions.org/2012/05/auditions-nearing-for-lionsgate-hunger.html, the audition or casting process for the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, has started. It means that for those who are interested to become part of the this huge franchise, this is the time to show them (Lionsgate) everything, make sure they remember you. Read on the post to know more about the Catching Fire movie casting news.

UPDATE: The link above has been deleted, which means it’s not a legit source. For now, let’s just wait until Lionsgate releases its official statement. Keep calm guys, Finnick will be cast soon. 

Remember: Lionsgate has not released an official statement about this casting stuff.  It’s also been confusing since according to the last official statement from Lionsgate (read it here), the filming will start by Fall 2012 (approximately by September) but then the news below states that filming will start by Summer, meaning, the cameras will start rolling by June.  For now, let’s just wait  on the official publicity release from Lionsgate but there’s nothing wrong if you are going to read the news below.
The second film in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games Trilogy, “Catching Fire”, is gearing up for pre-production and casting will soon be underway in Los Angeles for new co-starring and supporting roles. The day players, extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins will be hired in North Carolina as the beginning of filming approaches. The studio is fast tracking this project because Jennifer Lawrence has a contract commitment with 20th Century Fox for a sequel to “X-Men: First Class” which starts shooting in January 2013. Filming on “Catching Fire” will begin this Summer, 2012. “The Hunger Games” took 4-1/2 months to complete principal photography.

Vienna, Austria born filmmaker Francis Lawrence will direct “Catching Fire” from an adapted screenplay being rewritten by Academy Award winner Michael Arndt (from original drafts by Simon Beaufoy). Lawrence took over directing duties from Gary Ross, who co-wrote the screenplay and directed “The Hunger Games”. Ross stated that he would not have the time needed to write and prep the movie the way he would have wanted to because of the fixed and tight production schedule.

Francis Lawrence is known for directing countless music videos for such artists as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Avril Lavigne. His feature film directing credits are “Constantine” starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, and Shia LaBeouf; “I Am Legend” starring Will and Willow Smith; “Water for Elephants” starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. Lawrence finished directing the ABC pilot “Gotham” in New York on April 15, 2012.

Writer Michael Arndt’s first produced screenplay “Little Miss Sunshine” earned him an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. In 2012 he was nominated for a Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for “Toy Story 3”. In addition to “Catching Fire,” Arndt is also writing the screenplay for the Walt Disney Pictures feature film “Phineas and Ferb” starring Ashley Tisdale and Alyson Stoner to be released July 26, 2013. Arndt will have to work double-time to get the “Catching Fire” script ready in time for filming this Summer. “Catching Fire” is based on the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by author Suzanne Collins.

“The Hunger Games” budget has been estimated at $78 million, and the film has grossed over $619 million worldwide as of May 6, 2012. The movie was released on March 23, 2012. After two days of release, it became Lionsgate’s highest grossing film ever. “Catching Fire” will hit theaters on Friday November 22, 2013.

Some of the new characters to be cast include, but are not limited, to the following:

• Johanna Mason, female, sarcastic and often cruel victor from District 7.
• Beetee and Wiress, an older couple, dark hair, pale skin from District 3, very smart.
• Finnick Odair, male, mid-20’s, very handsome, tall, tan skin, bronze hair, green eyes.
• Blight, male, mid-20’s, mentor and tribute District 7. Won a previous Hunger Games.
• Romulus Thread, male, mid 30’s – 40’s, new Head Peacekeeper of District 12.
• Twill, female, mid-30’s, teacher, escapes to District 12 where she meet Katniss.
• Bonnie, female, 17, crooked teeth, chocolate brown eyes, escapes to District 12 with Twill.
• Wiress, female, 40ish, tribute from District 3, dark hair, pale skin.
• Bristel, female, 17-19, miner in District 12.
• Leevy, female, 17ish, dark hair, gray eyes, Katniss’ neighbor from District 12.
• Cashmere, female, late 20’s, classic beauty, long blond curls, arrogant District 1 tribute.
• Gloss, male, mid-20’s, Cashmere’s brother. Mentor, victor, career tribute.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of North Carolina and in the United States.

The 2012 North Carolina Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in North Carolina and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• North Carolina Child Performer Labor Law Information
• North Carolina Youth Employment Certificate Instructions
• North Carolina Youth Approval To Work Late Hours Form
• North Carolina Minor Intention To Employ Form
• North Carolina Dept. of Labor Rules and Regulations Relative to Employment of Children under 16 Years of Age.
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• Links for Child Labor Information

In addition to the following Louisiana Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• North Carolina Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Extras Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Talent Agents List
• North Carolina Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• North Carolina Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Miscellaneous North Carolina Resources
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• General Talent Agent Information
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guide

The 2012 North Carolina Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Denise Chamian
1438 N. Gower Street
Building 35, Suite 270
Hollywood, CA 90028

North Carolina:

Samy Burch
Jackie Burch
1819 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

Extras Casting

Tona B. Dahlquist Casting
P.O. Box 4427
Irmo, SC 29063

Extras casting will NOT begin until shortly before filming begins. Open casting calls for extras and registration information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
Lionsgate
2700 Colorado Avenue
Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Color Force
9100 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1000 West
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Producers:
Nina Jacobson
Jim Miller
Jon Kilik
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Starring:
Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson – Peeta Mellark
Willow Shields – Primrose Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth – Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson – Haymitch Abernathy
Donald Sutherland – President Snow
Story:
“Catching Fire” continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the fictional, futuristic nation of Panem. Due to the events of “The Hunger Games”, a rebellion against the ruling Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the The Hunger Games. They help each other to survive. As a matter of fact, they want the other one to survive more than they do themselves. After overpowering the first rebellion, the Capitol sets up rules in order to restrict and control the citizens’ lives. The 75th annual Hunger Games have “new” rules that cause Katniss and Peeta to be in danger once again. More “Peacekeepers” are placed in districts to smash any hope that the citizens began to have after the previous Hunger Games.