Variety has revealed that Tony Shalhoub, owner of not one, but three Emmys, is on the shortlist for the role of Beetee, the twitchy, techie victor from District 3. However, the 51-year-old actress Melissa Leo, who starred in “The Fighter” and was supposedly one of the frontrunners to play Mags, was recently informed that she did not win the part.
According to CSICON, Lionsgate may be going in a different direction concerning Mags. Cicely Tyson, who starred in “The Help,” is apparently their top choice for portraying the 80-year-old victor, who was noted by Katniss as having a talent for making fish hooks and who spoke only in gibberish for unknown reasons.
As for some of the more minor roles, Shockya is reporting that Victor Gojcaj (seen in “The Taking of Pelham 123″ and “Unstoppable”), Kevin Durand (starred in “Robin Hood,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and hit TV show “Lost”), and ex-WWF fighter Kevin Nash are in the running for the role of Brutus, a Career known for his power and brutality.
I haven’t seen Tony Shalhoub in anything recent so I can’t say I’m familiar enough with his work to believe he’s an excellent choice. But throw a pair of glasses on him and I think he could definitely pull of Beetee’s look. As for Cicely Tyson playing Mags, I loved the suggestion as soon as I heard it. Her role in “The Help,” though brief, was executed perfectly and I enjoyed her work in “Because of Winn Dixie” as well. She can take on slightly crazy Mags, no problem. As for Brutus, the character makes only a few appearances in the “Catching Fire,” which leads me to believe the same will be true in the movie. And because it’s not as crucial a role as the others, I won’t be devastated one way or another over who is chosen. But if I had to choose, it would be Kevin Durand, since his role as Martin Keamy in “Lost” is probably as close to Brutus as one can get.
What do you think about these shortlisters, Mockingjays? Are you less concerned about the casting of minor roles, or do you have someone in mind who you think would be perfect?
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