‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ character refresher

Has it been a while since you read the book? Check out this extensive character refresher for the film version of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, along with photos of the cast members portraying each character!

Following the announcement that Catching Fire filming was underway in September (via Hypable), Lionsgate has recently rounded out the full cast list for the film, which is set for theatrical release on Nov. 22, 2013. (Yes, it’s far away…you may need to revisit this post a few times before then!)


About a month after the highly publicized casting of Sam Claflin as Finnick, the cast list is finalized to included every tribute involved in the Quarter Quell. Notably missing from the list is Annie Cresta, former tribute for District 4 and the girl whose place Mags had taken by volunteering. It seems that although she will probably be mentioned in Catching Fire, she won’t be seen until Mockingjay.

Thanks to the official Hunger Games Movie Facebook page for the cast listing and the Hunger Games wiki for the character descriptions.

Below is the list of new faces that have been cast for Catching Fire. Click on the photos to check out the IMDb pages for each actor to see their filmography.

Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

He was the Head Gamemaker for the 75th Hunger Games, but was secretly working with the rebels to overthrow the Capitol. He attempted to win Katniss’ trust, but she dismissed his discreet hints of rebellion; he shows her his watch which in the right position you can see the symbol of the rebellion, the mockingjay. It comes as a surprise to Katniss when Plutarch is revealed as a leader of the rebellion.

Romulus Thread (Patrick St. Esprit)

Thread was the new Head Peacekeeper in District 12, replacing Cray, the previous Head Peacekeeper. Being the new Head Peacekeeper, he had to enforce Panem’s laws in the District. If the law was broken by anyone, he arrangeed for punishment. Thread is terribly loyal to the Capitol, and wouldn’t hesitate to use brutal and cruel methods to enforce its rule. Upon arrival, Thread brutally flogged Gale Hawthorne, who had been caught poaching a wild turkey. Katniss explains he had close shaved gray hair and dark gray eyes, not like those in the Seam.

Gloss – District 1 Male Tribute (Alan Ritchson)

Gloss was the male District 1 tribute in the 75th Hunger Games. He was a former victor, having already won a previous Hunger Games. Gloss was one of the members in the Career pack with Enobaria, Brutus and his sister. Soon, after Finnick Odair, Peeta Mellark, Mags, and Katniss make their way out of the Cornucopia, Gloss and the other Careers made their way back there to pick off more tributes. After the bloodbath, the Career pack retreats to the jungle.

Cashmere – District 1 Female Tribute (Stephanie Leigh Schlund)

Cashmere was the female tribute from District 1 who participated in the 75th Hunger Games and the victor of an unidentified Hunger Games. She and Gloss both won the Hunger Games in consecutive years when Katniss was younger. She proved to be a real threat along with her brother, Enobaria, and Brutus. She and the other three Careers in their alliance took to the Cornucopia shortly after Finnick, Mags, Katniss and Peeta make their leave, managing to kill off seven of the other tributes, which included Seeder, Cecelia, and the male morphling from District 6.

Brutus – District 2 Male Tribute (Bruno Gunn)

Brutus was the male tribute from District 2 in the 75th Hunger Games. He was also the victor of a previous Hunger Games. Brutus was named seemingly perfectly as it mirrors his brutality and strength. He is believed to be very skilled as Haymitch was surprised that even he wanted to team up with Katniss after seeing her skills with a bow. When Brutus came of age, he volunteered to take part in an unknown Hunger Games, he was a Career tribute, part of the main pack, and won his Games fairly close to the time fellow District 2 tribute, Lyme, won hers. Both Lyme and Brutus became mentors for later tributes, possibly including Enobaria.

Enobaria – District 2 Tribute (Meta Golding)

The female tribute from District 2. She is famous for ripping a tribute’s throat out with her teeth during Games that she won. After she won her first Games, she altered her teeth to be razor-sharp and plated them with gold. She is a threat in the arena and is later captured by the Capitol along with Peeta and Johanna.

Beetee – District 3 Male Tribute (Jeffrey Wright)

The male tribute from District 3. He is very skilled with a wire, which planned to use to blow up the arena’s forcefield, but Katniss shoots an arrow into it instead, and joins Katniss at the end on the way to District 13.

Wiress – District 3 Female Tribute (Amanda Plummer)

The female tribute from District 3. Wiress often doesn’t finish her sentences; Beetee often finishes them for her. Though very smart and able to figure out that the Quarter Quell arena acted like a clock, Wiress is killed by the male tribute from District 1, Gloss, when he slits her throat.

Finnick Odair – District 4 Male Tribute (Sam Claflin)

The male tribute from District 4. He won the 65th Hunger Games by using a net he wove himself and a trident he received as a gift from sponsors; District 4’s trade is fishing. Finnick is described as being one of the most stunning, sensuous people on the planet. He is known for his attractive sea green eyes and bronze hair. During the Quarter Quell, a jabberjay recording of his one true love, Annie Cresta, screaming is used as psychological torture. Katniss was hesitant to make Finnick her ally, but he proved to be valuable when he helped Peeta off his plate and then administered CPR after he hit the force field.

Mags – District 4 Female Tribute (Lynn Cohen)

The female tribute from District 4. She is around 80 years old and volunteered to take the place of a young woman, Annie Cresta, to spare her. Mags is one of the first people Katniss wants for an ally, along with Beetee and Wiress. Katniss observed that she can make a fishing hook out of anything. Unfortunately, while the group are trying to escape poison fog, Mags gives herself up without a question so Finnick could carry a wounded Peeta to safety.

Blight – District 7 Male Tribute (Bobby Jordan)

Johanna and Blight were told to work as a team to make sure Wiress and Beetee both managed to survive, get them to Katniss, and carry out Plutarch’s plan to spark a rebellion. However, raindrops of blood poured endlessly for an hour, and as Blight, Johanna, Wiress and Beetee were trying to take cover, Blight accidentally ran head first into the force-field along the edge of the arena, he was thrown backwards and his heart had stopped.

Johanna Mason – District 7 Female Tribute (Jena Malone)

The female tribute from District 7. She won an earlier Hunger Games by pretending she was a weakling until there were only a handful of tributes left, then showing that she could kill viciously. Katniss remembers watching these Games herself, so Johanna is fairly young. Johanna was captured by the Capitol at the end, along with Peeta and Enobaria.

Woof – District 8 Male Tribute (John Casino)

He was the second oldest tribute, behind Mags. Woof was described by Katniss to be an old tribute, much like Seeder and Mags, who was hard of hearing and had started to lose his ability to focus. He was generally not seen as a threat during the third Quarter Quell, and was killed quite fast. It can also be assumed that he cannot swim, due to the time it took for him to get to the Cornucopia.

Cecelia – District 8 Female Tribute (Elena Sanchez)

Katniss Everdeen said she was about 30. Her motherly instincts caused Katniss to want to become her ally. Effie Trinket expressed dismay and commented “Oh, not Cecelia” when she was reaped for the Third Quarter Quell. It is revealed at the end of Catching Fire that she was one of the victors who knew of the rebellion and was part of the alliance to save Katniss. Though it is unknown exactly how she died, Cecelia was killed in the initial bloodbath during the 75th Hunger Games most likely by a Career tribute.

Chaff – District 11 Male Tribute (E. Roger Mitchell)

Chaff was the tribute from District 11 in the 45th Hunger Games and the third Quarter Quell. He won the 45th Hunger Games, but lost his hand during the games. He refused to receive a prosthetic hand from the Capitol doctors. Chaff, along with Beetee, Wiress, Finnick, Mags, Johanna, Seeder, Woof, Cecelia and the Morphlings were all part of the rebellion and were instructed by Haymitch Abernathy to try their best to find Peeta and Katniss and make sure they both lived after they were reaped during the 75th Hunger Games, a Quarter Quell. He was one of only few who knew about the plan to get Katniss out of the arena, to District 13.

Seeder – District 11 Female Tribute (Maria Howell)

Seeder was the female tribute from District 11 in the 75th Hunger Games. She was also a victor in a previous, unidentified Hunger Games. In the arena, Seeder was one of the tributes who died at the Cornucopia on day one, causing Katniss much grief. She was also one of the tributes in the victors’ alliance that was trying to keep Katniss alive. However, she died before she could help Katniss.

Unnamed Tributes:

James Logan (District 5 Male Tribute)
Ivette Li-Sanchez (District 5 Female Tribute)
Justin Hix (District 6 Male Tribute)
Megan Hayes (District 6 Female Tribute)
Daniel Bernhardt (District 9 Male Tribute)
Marian Greene (District 9 Female Tribute)
Jackson Spidell (District 10 Male Tribute)
Tiffany Waxler (District 10 Female Tribute)

(You can check out the official Facebook page for their photos.)

Returning Cast:

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), Elizabeth Banks (Effie), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Toby Jones (Claudius Templesmith), Willow Shields (Prim) and Paula Malcomson (Mrs. Everdeen).

Are you excited for these new actors to bring the characters to life on screen? I’m thrilled about the latest addition of Jeffrey Wright as Beetee. It’ll be hard to wait a whole year yet to see the film!


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