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Dayo Okeniyi Cast in ‘Terminator’

March 28, 2014 | No Comments »
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Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi, best known to us as Thresh from The Hunger Games, has just been cast in the most recent installment of the Terminator franchise. He will be playing the son of Miles Dyson, who was one of the creators of Cyberdyne systems (if you don’t know what Cyberdyne is, I feel sorry for you).

He joins Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke, who had already signed on to the pic. Alan Taylor is directing.

Plot details have not been revealed, other than this is the first film in a standalone trilogy.

So congratulations Dayo! I’m looking forward to seeing him in Terminator.

Source: Variety

New Hunger Games Cast Films on DVD/BluRay: Carrie, Spectacular Now, The Butler

January 15, 2014 | No Comments »
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Several new titles hit shelves today that star various cast members from The Hunger Games series!


The Spectacular Now starring Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh in The Hunger Games) [BUY DVD]


Lee Daniels’ The Butler starring Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) [BUY DVD]


Carrie starring Julianne Moore (President Coin in Mockingjay) [BUY DVD]

‘Spectacular Now’ Star Dayo Okeniyi Talks Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce and More!

January 14, 2014 | No Comments »
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Our District 11 tribute  Thresh, Dayo Okeniyi, has been doing well this past year after his success in The Hunger Games, and most recently starred in the successful The Spectacular Now alongside Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. Bustle stopped to have a chat with the dashing Dayo on all his success and his peers!

Born and raised in Nigera, Okeniyi attended Nigerian boarding school until high school, when he transferred to a “conservative” private school in Indiana. But unlike hisSpectacular Now character, Okeniyi was not an overachiever. “The older I get, I’m growing into my overachieverness,” Okeniyi told Bustle. “Back when I was 17 or 18, I definitely was not the Marcus of my school, believe me. I look up to Marcus a lot, he was the guy in high school who was just perfect at everything, sports, class president, all when you were scratching your head going, ‘What do I want to do with my life?’ When I found out that I wanted to be an actor, what I wanted to do, it brought out the overachiever in me.”

The Spectacular Now follows Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a hard-partying high school student whose priorities in life are challenged when he meets a quirky, “nice” girl, played by Divergent’s Shailene Woodley. Okeniyi’s casting in the James Ponsoldt directed indie film came after his first big — or should we say huge — break, a role in 2012’s The Hunger Games. Okeniyi played Thresh, the district 11 tribute who enters the games along side ill-fated Rue.

The Hunger Games was my first studio film,” said Okeniyi. “Outrageous — I know. I’ve been in LA for a year and a half and I’m still reeling. It was just perfect place, perfect timing. I moved to LA with the 20 year plan of not working at all, but things just kind of happened.”


While all of the tributes, except District’s 12 Katniss and Peeta eventually perish in the arena, it’s Thresh who dies second to last. But unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) the audience doesn’t get to see how Okeniyi’s character passes.

“Me and Alexander Ludwig [who played Cato] talk about this all the time,” said Okeniyi. “Because I remember on set, there was supposed to be a fight between the both of us in the movie, but we never ended up shooting that portion, so we talked for hours and hours and hours about what could of happened. There were so many possibilities, but according to Suzanne Collins I was killed by the mutts. I would have loved to of filmed that.”

And because the film was composed largely of teenage actors, there was plenty of horseplay on set. “Everything that comes out of Jennifer Lawrence’s mouth is a riot, she’s just the funniest person ever. To work with Jennifer Lawrence, an Academy Award winning actress, that was a huge highlight.” Okeniyi said. “It was just like the best summer camp experience ever, but you’re making a movie and getting paid. There were a lot of young people so of course there were a lot of pranks. You’d get to your trailer, you search for your clothes for an hour only to discover their in the fridge,” he said.

And while Okeniyi enjoys acting, he’s also just like the rest of us, a huge movie nerd. “I just saw The Hobbit in 3D and I lost my mind. I thought I was in Middle Earth, you don’t understand. It’s weird because, the veil on movie magic has been lifted, we know how everything is done now, if you go online you can watch every behind the scenes video, but for some reason when you go to the theatre you can have an experience where you’re completely immersed,” he said. “There’s something magical about that. Like, I know how this is made, I work in this industry, but I still am romantic about movies. I thoroughly buy it.”

And just like us (actually, maybe more than us), Okeniyi is addicted to Netflix. “Oh manHouse of Cards, I just completely devoured that,” he spilled. ”Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad… I watch a lot of television, anything on HBO, Game of Thrones,Nurse Jackie. I steal from all the great actors. I watch all these shows and I’m like, ‘I’m gonna steal that performance, I’m gonna steal that, I’m gonna steal that.’ Being an actor is the one job where you can plagiarize emotion and get away with it.”

Having lived in Los Angeles for less than two years, Okeniyi is still getting used to the L.A. way of life, mainly, the traffic. Long car rides to auditions, to set, and even to the basketball court to play a game with friends on the weekend can be a seemingly never ending excursion. “When I drive, I listen to classic music, and nobody knows about that… They’re gonna know now I guess,” he laughed. “But when you’re driving through ridiculous traffic, the best thing to do is listen to classical music. It’s my guilty pleasure. And then when people cut you off in traffic, it really calms you down.”

Next up, Okeniyi will star alongside Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in Endless Love, a romantic thriller out on Valentine’s.

Watch the trailer for ‘Cavemen’ starring Dayo Okeniyi

December 20, 2013 | No Comments »
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The first trailer for Cavemen has been released. The film stars Skylar Astin and Camilla Belle, along with The Hunger Games’ Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh)!

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Watch: Dayo Okeniyi in new trailer for ‘Endless Love’

October 17, 2013 | No Comments »
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The first trailer for the remake of the classic film Endless Love has been released. Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) is featured in the film, starring Alex Pettyfer. Um, I think I’m going to need to see this one…

Dayo Okeniyi talks working on ‘The Hunger Games’ and Jennifer Lawrence

September 18, 2013 | No Comments »
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Dayo Okeniyi has been busy since he brought Thresh to life in The Hunger Games! WNYPapers caught up with Dayo about his new found success after moving here from Nigeria and of course got some Hunger Games and JLaw talk out of him!

“A year and two months in L.A., and then ‘Hunger Games’ happened. And then the rest is history,” Dayo said.

He described his time on the “Hunger Games” set as invaluable.

” ‘Hunger Games’ was everything,” Dayo said. “It was my first break; it got me into the business. It was awesome. Just being on set everyday was a learning experience. You know, I never went to acting school; it was just something I gravitated towards naturally. I kind of learned from experience. Even when I did theater in college or in high school, I was learning on the job. I think that also translated for film. When I got on set, it (was) just soaking up everything and listening to everything Woody Harrelson says, and what he does.

“You know, Jennifer’s incredible. Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress to just watch on set. You find yourself watching her as opposed to acting. …

“That movie was just a huge, huge learning experience for me. And the great thing about that movie, it was such a big movie as a first movie for me, because I got the chance to not only learn what it’s like to be on the set of a drama – because there’s a lot of drama in the movie – I also got to work out for the film. I got in shape. There was a lot of action training, and I did a lot of fight training.

“It was like this long summer camp of everything to do with film.”

‘Catching Fire’ Makes HitFix’s 25 Most Anticipated Fall Movies List

Catching Fire has made HitFix’s list of the 25 most anticipated fall movie’s list! Some other cast members have made the list as well, including Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s movie Salinger, Dayo Okeniyi’s Runner Runner,  Stanley Tucci’s The Fifth Estate, and our new Cressida Natalie Dormer with her movie The Counselor. Fall is looking good!


7. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Release date: Nov. 22 Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth One reason it’s a must see: The second book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy expands the story’s dystopian world and finds Katniss at the center of a burgeoning rebellion in addition to trying to survive the gladiatorial games themselves. In other words, expect more intensity than the first film, especially with a new director (“I Am Legend’s” Lawrence) calling the shots and new cast members (Sam Claflin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright) adding some extra incentive.

See the full list HERE


Dayo Okeniyi Stays Busy Filiming In Atlanta

August 2, 2013 | No Comments »
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Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) talks with Access Atlanta about filming in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, which is where he shot The Hunger Games.


But Okeniyi has stayed busy on other locally produced projects.

“I’ve been filming in Atlanta so much, I should just move back,” he said. “My parents are there.”

He recently finished work on the remake of “Endless Love,” which filmed at numerous area locations, including a private Buckhead home, Zoo Atlanta, The Estate events facility  and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Beginning Aug. 16, he’ll be seen in “The Spectacular Now,” an indie that filmed in Athens and was directed by Athens native James Ponsoldt.

In both movies, Okeniyi plays high school teens with complicated personalities.

“I feel like a lot of us are shaped by our high school experiences,” he said. “It’s a mind-molding time. It was getting back to that time where you felt invincible, without any borders. ‘Everything’s about me. I can do anything.’”


“I like playing characters instead of caricatures,” he said. “I guess I’m old school. I love being able to play completely different roles, especially coming off ‘Hunger Games.’”

For both roles Okeniyi, 25, summoned his inner angst-filled teen.

“I’m an actor so I definitely relate to being insecure,” he said. “I guess I’m just a big kid.”



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