The cast and crew of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are heading back to Hawaii this week for nine additional days of filming on the second movie in the blockbuster franchise — but an early casting rumor has already surfaced for Mockingjay, the third movie in the series.
The NY Post claims that UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey has been offered a role in “a future sequel to The Hunger Games.” A rep for Rousey told reporters “no comment,” and another source said that Rousey is focused on her fighting career.
For the first two Hunger Games movies, filmmakers have cast several supporting roles with actors whose background is in stunt work — typically for the action-heavy roles of fellow Tributes. So from that perspective, it’s not entirely unlikely that Rousey could be considered for such a role.
However, very little work has been done so far on Mockingjay. In fact, only a first draft of the screenplay has been written (by Emmy winner Danny Strong, who is now working on the script for Mockingjay: Part 2). It seems any talk of casting is entirely premature at this point.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is filmmakers’ primary goal right now, with theatrical release slated for November 22nd. Mockingjay: Part 1 is set to follow a year later in 2014, with Part 2 coming out in November 2015. Filmmakers will be on a fast track to produce the last two movies, however director Francis Lawrence (who has signed for both Mockingjay movies) must first finish his work on Catching Fire.
Casting rumors are nothing new to The Hunger Games franchise. Plenty of actors were named ahead of Lionsgate casting Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth in the three leading roles for the first movie — and a bevy of casting rumors followed for Catching Fire, including candidates as unlikely to participate as Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson and fan favorite Garrett Hedlund.
As always, no casting choices can be considered official until it is announced by Lionsgate through one of their confirmed channels.