Our friend Perri from Movies.com is doing some Catching Fire dream casting. So without further ado, let’s check out some of their picks!
Hazelle Hawthorne: Maura Tierney
Yes, Gale’s mother, Hazelle, is pivotal in Catching Fire in a number of memorable scenes, but none of which effect the trajectory of events, suggesting she, Rory, Vick, and Posy could get cut. However, should Hazelle make it to the big screen, she must somewhat resemble her son, have a degree of warmth and also come across as a particularly strong woman. Unlike Katniss’ mother, when Hazelle’s husband perished in the mining accident, Hazelle held on strong, going to work washing people’s laundry to support her family. Having been ER-addicted for quite some time, it’s clear that Maura Tierney would have no trouble playing the woman in charge, but also highlight Hazelle’s motherly nature.
Plutarch Heavensbee: John Goodman
An age is never specified for Seneca Crane’s replacement, but I always naturally pictured the new Head Gamemakers to be on the older side. President Snow must look more stately than Plutarch Heavensbee, but at the same time, I always suspected his appointment might have been due to the fact that Snow considered Crane to be too young for the gig and without enough respect for the rules of the long-standing tradition. Of course, that’s only speculation, but it’s that thought process that leads me to John Goodman for the role. Clearly, he’s not a thin guy, so that works, but Goodman is also an actor with an endless list of films to his name, many of which are quite good and feature strong performances. Ability isn’t the issue here; it’ll just come down to who Suzanne Collins and director Francis Lawrence envision Plutarch to be.
Beetee: Robin Williams
Perhaps it’s because I’ve got a little tech nerd in me, but should I live in Panem, I always imagined I’d hail from District 3. Naturally, that developed into a particular appreciation for Beetee. He’s reaped for the 75th Hunger Games and, considering he’s from a non-Career district, is older and isn’t as robust as the competition, Beetee isn’t the ideal ally – except to Katniss. I’ll admit, I had my eye on Michael Emerson for the role, but considering E! Online beat me to it, I’m going to throw another name in the ring, Robin Williams. A mere glance at his resume proves he’s capable of just about anything, and it’s that vast repertoire that suggests Williams could be a convincing inventor and also someone you can trust.
Read more of Movies.com dream cast picks HERE