Evan Ross and Stef Dawson cast in The Hunger Games Mockingjay. The casting of Evan Ross and Stef Dawson in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) answers the question of who will play Messalla and Annie Cresta (respectively) in the Francis Lawrence directed films. Messalla and Annie Cresta will play second-tier roles in the Mockingjay narrative but saying anymore than that would get into spoiler territory.
The official press release announcing Annie Cresta casting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1-2:
STEF DAWSON JOINS CAST OF LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2
SANTA MONICA, CA August 26, 2013 – Lionsgate announced today that Stef Dawson has joined the cast of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2 as the character Annie Cresta, Finnick’s (played by Sam Claflin) love interest in the films.
A native of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, Dawson is known for her work on television as well as numerous independent films including the recent thriller WRATH.
Dawson is represented in the U.S. by Armada Partners for management and Chad Christopher at SMGSB; and in Australia by Rowena Mohr at BMEG.
About The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 &2
Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
The blockbuster first installment of THE HUNGER GAMES franchise is the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time and grossed nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. The second film, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, opens worldwide on November 22, 2013. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 will be released worldwide on November 21, 2014 and THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 opens November 20, 2015.
On Evan Ross:
Ross began his career as an actor while in high school where he met his first friend, Prenusia Morgen. His first major role was in the film, ATL, released in March 2006, in which he co-starred with rappers T.I. and Big Boi. Ross received rave reviews for his role as a troubled teenager in Life Support, along with Queen Latifah and Tracee Ellis Ross, who portrayed Evan’s elder sister in the movie and is his real life sister. Ross later co-starred in the biography, Pride, in which he portrayed a good natured teen with a speech impediment. He also appeared (uncredited on-screen) in episode 171 of Girlfriends. The episode, titled “What’s Black-A-Lackin’?”, also had Chrisette Michele as a guest star, and was directed by Tracee Ellis Ross. Ross is involved in several other movies, including Linewatch with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in 2008, and he finished a role in the indie film Life Is Hot in Cracktown. He starred as the love interest of Hilary Duff’s character in the 2009 comedy drama According to Greta. He also appeared in the Notorious B.I.G. 2005 video Nasty Girl and the Lionel Richie video Just Go.
In 2010, Ross joined the cast of the CW series 90210 in its third season, where he plays Liam Court’s (Matt Lanter) half brother and love interest to Annie Wilson played by Shenae Grimes. His next high profile 2011 film is the critically acclaimed film festival winner, “Mooz-lum” that also stars Danny Glover and Nia Long. According to IMDB, he has 21 film projects in various stages of production. He will be starring alongside Brittany Snow in the thriller 96 Minutes. The movie is set to open April 27, 2012 in select cities. It can also be seen in “On Demand” programming on Comcast and various cable companies. Evan won the “Breakout Acting” award at SXSW.
Evan has now been in cast in another high profile role as music producer, Dallas Austin in the upcoming VH1 biopic, “TLC” about the nineties girl group. It will be his most prominent role since 2011’s “Mooz-lum”.
On Messalla and Annie Cresta from the book (Mockingjay) the films will be based on (spoilers): “Messalla is a Capitol citizen who works with Cressida to shoot propaganda spots for the rebel side…Annie is a former victor from District 4 and one of Finnick’s former mentees. While she won the 70th Hunger Games, the experience left her so psychologically shaken that she’s regarded as unstable and even crazy by others.”
On The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 from the book they are based on (spoilers):
Mockingjay centers around the districts’ uprising against the Capitol. Katniss, now a refugee in District 13, agrees to be used by the rebels as a propaganda tool (the embodiment of the mockingjay symbol, complete with costume) to unite the rebelling districts. Peeta is soon rescued, along with the other tributes captured by the Capitol, but he has been brainwashed to regard Katniss as an enemy, and is carefully guarded as his rehabilitation progresses. Finally, a group including Katniss, Gale, and a still somewhat unstable Peeta go renegade in the Capitol on a mission to assassinate President Snow. Before they can achieve the objective, Prim is killed in a bombing. Later, a captive Snow tells Katniss that Coin, the president of District 13, was behind the bombing, and she deduces that Gale was one of the designers of the bomb. After Panem falls to the rebels, Coin suggests a final Hunger Games featuring the children of the Capitol’s former leaders as tributes, leading Katniss to believe that nothing will change under a new regime. At Snow’s scheduled execution by Katniss’ arrow, Katniss targets and kills Coin instead, and Snow dies in an ensuing riot. Katniss is tried and acquitted of killing Coin. Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch eventually return to a ruined District 12. Katniss slowly begins to recover from her many mental scars. Katniss’ mother and Gale both take jobs in different districts. Katniss and Peeta eventually marry, having two children together.
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