The Hunger Games: Mockingjay has added another actor to the cast.
Prison Break alum Robert Knepper was recently tapped to portray Antonius, a character Slashfilm describes as the minister to Panem President Coriolanus Snow. If the guy doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a good reason why — Antonius wasn’t in Suzanne Collins’ novels.
News of Robert Knepper’s decision to join The Hunger Games: Mockingjay arrived courtesy of the film’s official Twitter page. According to Variety, parts one and two of the final chapter in the saga were reportedly shot back-to-back in and around Atlanta.
Knepper isn’t the only recent addition to director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming sequels. Stef Dawson, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, Mahershala Ali, and Omid Abtahi also joined the production. The group appears with newcomers Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, and Lily Rabe.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is presently scheduled to hit theaters across North America on November 21, 2014, almost a year after Catching Fire debuted in cinemas. The second part of Mockingjay hits your local neighborhood multiplex on November 20, 2015.
Although many folks probably don’t know Robert Knepper by name, chances are they’re very familiar with his work. In addition to his roles in Prison Break and Heroes, the extremely talented actor appeared in such small-screen endeavors as SGU Stargate Universe, Cult, and the American version of Shameless.
Knepper’s big-screen credits include R.I.P.D., Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Transporter 3, and Keanu Reeves’ The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, meanwhile, continues to truck right along at the box office. The film’s domestic total presently stands at $342 million while its foreign total is rapidly approaching the $340 million mark. Altogether, the acclaimed follow-up has amassed approximately $678 million from moviegoers around the world.
Since Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment want to strike while the cinematic iron is still extremely hot, details about the inevitable Deluxe Edition Blu-ray set already surfaced over in the UK. Although details about an American version are few and far between, chances are Stateside fans will get something very similar next year.
The Inquisitr previously reported that the home video release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features several hours of footage, though it’s unclear what this entails. However, chances are fans will get a metric ton of behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews, and maybe some deleted scenes. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.
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