Preparations for the Quarter Quell Games are underway as the Capital (okay Lionsgate) has announced the addition of another Tribute who will be participating in this special version of the Hunger Games. Amanda Plummer will be representing District 3 as Wiress in the upcoming sequel ‘Catching Fire.’
If you’re wondering who Wiress is (for those who have yet to read the second installment in the trilogy), she is a smart but intensely odd woman with a very eccentric demeanor who greatly lacks in her communication skills and has a hard time expressing her ideas to the other tributes. These characteristics earn her the nickname “Nuts.” Although batty, her observations and contributions prove invaluable in the Quarter Quell.
Plummer is best known as the diner-robbing Honey Bunny in the Quentin Tarantino film ‘Pulp Fiction.’ If you don’t think she could handle the role as “Nuts” then you obviously haven’t seen this film and how fierce she could be with a weapon. Plummer has also appeared in the films ‘Needful Things,’ ‘The Fisher King,’ and ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’ as well as the television shows ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘The Outer Limits’ and ‘Dark Skies.’
Casting Plummer as “Nuts” seems to be right on as she has spent a career in playing eccentric, unstable dangerous woman. As for who will play her District 3 partner Beetee, Variety is reporting that Tony Shalhoub (‘Men in Black,’ ‘Spy Kids’) is a frontrunner for the role. They’re also reporting that Melissa Leo (‘Mildred Pierce,’ ‘Treme’) is up for the role of Mags, Finnick’s mentor who volunteers to take the place of Annie Cresta in order to spare her life and someone who Katniss makes a point to ally with. And speaking of Finnick, rumors are now swirling around that Sam Claflin (‘Pirates of the Carribean,’ ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) is a front runner for the role.
Beyond the news that Plummer is officially signed on for the movie, the rest of the casting news is still rumor (and you all know how rumors turn out as in the case of Taylor Kitsch and Mia Wasikowska).
Lionsgate is looking to start production in September so stay tuned for casting news as they come in!