Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Hunger Games book trilogy.
The countdown is on for the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire — due out November 22, 2013 — and already we’re hungry (sorry) for more. Lucky for us, the news about the movie’s third and fourth installations, Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, keeps on coming. The newest casting news: An Aussie is in the ring for the end of things.
Stef Dawson, a relatively unknown actress in these parts, has just signed on to play Annie Cresta, lady friend to Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin). The District 4 victors play a major role in the rebellion against the Capitol and the rebuilding of Panem in District 13, so nabbing the coveted role is no small feat.
But while we haven’t heard of the majority of Stef’s projects, we have no doubt it’s only a matter of time before it’s thrown around alongside Sam’s — especially since they’ll be spending a ton of time together as lovers on set.
Stef tweeted her excitement about the news, posting "So excited to be a part of @thehungergames family!! & work with Jennifer Lawrence, @jhutch1992, @samclaflin, Francis & the team!#Mockingjay," and several fan-run HG handles tweeted back supportive messages welcoming her to the family.
It was revealed last week that Game of Thrones beauty Natalie Dormer has also joined the much-hyped cast as Cressida, the resident director who goes from Capitol follower to savior when Katniss and crew need her the most.
Shooting on the first part of the final installment begins on September 16, and Mockingjay’s story will be released a year apart: the first on November 21, 2014, and the second on November 20, 2015.