In a week filled with casting updates, fans may be relieved that finally all of the roles for the highly anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are finally being filled as the list of cast members signed on as tributes have greatly expanded over the course of the past few days. Yesterday, Aquaman himself Alan Ritchson was the latest to join the group as the last District 2 tribute and the latest antagonist to prove a threat against our main characters in the titular event that will see the teenage heroes venturing back into a survival competition. Now, the studio has revealed one more actor for the week and this time he’s much more friend than foe.
Lionsgate has announced actor E. Roger Mitchell will be playing the role of Chaff in the upcoming sequel. The District 11 male tribute, Chaff is chosen to compete in the next Hunger Games 30 years following his own victory where he ended up losing one of his hands. Part of a rebellion, Chaff plays a small yet still somewhat vital role to the events of Peeta and Katniss as he is a friend of Haymitch’s. After awhile, the character becomes close with Peeta and near the end of the story there is a major occurrence between the duo and fellow player Brutus that certainly stands as a large moment for Peeta.
More information via press release:
E. Roger Mitchell is Miami Florida native, Claflin University alumni, B.A. English/Drama, class of 1993. Who’s Who Among Americas Colleges and Universities: 1992. He then continued his education at the Alliance Theatre Professional Actor Internship, class of 1996. Earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from CUNY Brooklyn (City University of New York) class of 1999. Roger is currently performing at Horizon Theatres’ World Premiere of Sheddin’.
Most recently seen Theatre in the Squares’ production of Flying West, Theatrical Outfits’ world premiere of The Green Book, Arena Stage production of “every tongue confess”. Atlanta’s’ Alliance stage in August Wilson’s Jitney, Gem of the Ocean, and Cuttin’Up (2007 Tony Award-Best Regional Theatre Company). Theatrical Outfit’s production of A Confederacy of Dunces, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited (Suzi Award, Best Lead Actor 2010). Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company: Miss Evers Boys and Ceremonies In Dark Old Men. Horizon Theatre: A Cool Drink of Water.
Film/TV: Spectacular Now, The Beginning of the End: Exorcism 2, Flight (starring Denzel Washington), Awakened, Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Smile as Big as the Moon, Coma, Hornets Nest, Blackhats, Battle: Los Angeles, The Crazies, Blood Done Sign My Name, S.W.A.T., Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Legend of Bagger Vance, Daddy’s Little Girls, HBO’s Boycott and Warm Springs (2005/Emmy Award Best Picture) Past Life, The Shield, Surface, Navy NCIS, One Tree Hill, and House of Payne.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Meta Golding, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Bruno Gunn, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Amanda Plummer, Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones and more, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set for release on November 22nd, 2013.