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Thankfully for those who’ve forgotten that Jennifer Lawrence is still in the Hunger Games‘ highly-anticipated sequel, Catching Fire, Lionsgate has released yet another poster featuring the Oscar winner as the Katniss Everdeen the Girl on Fire. (And they took the approach quick literally this time.)

Though the flick – which will see the return of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth reprising their role of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne respectively – won’t be in theaters until Nov. 21, the cast and crew are already hard at work on the franchise’s third installment.

Lawrence and her co-stars, including newcomer Julianne Moore, have already been spotted filming the first of the Mockingjay two-parter in Atlanta.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is set to open on Nov. 21, 2014 with its second half on Nov. 20, 2015.

Here ye, here ye! The next Hunger Games are about to commence.

With filming of the franchise’s third installment set to kick off in September, Lionsgate has been hastily rounding out the cast for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, the two-part feature finale to the blockbuster adaption of the best-selling Suzanne Collins trilogy.

Here are the latest to join the Games: [Warning: Some spoilers ahead]

Natalie Dormer
… will star as Cressida, the filmmaker who collects footage of Katniss’ rebellion against the corrupt Capitol. Game of Thrones fans will know this British actress as Margaery Tyrell, the bride-to-be of the brutal King Joffrey. Dormer had a role on Showtime’s period drama, The Tudors, and in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Evan Ross
… will star as Messalla, the Capitol-bred assistant to Cressida. You might know his name one of three ways: as an alum of teen soap 90210, as the son legendary singer Diana Ross, or as Ashlee Simpson’s boyfriend. Ross has a number of roles under his belt, from Jeff, Who Lives at Home, to ATL, to The Family Tree.

Stef Dawson
… will star as Annie Cresta, a District 4 victor who holds the heart of Panem’s fawned-over hunk Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin). The Australian actress is mostly unknown, having credits in a few short films and indies, and set to appear in upcoming horror film 13 Girls.

Meanwhile, Julianne Moore has been rumored for last notable roles – President Alma Coin, the District 13 president who leads the people of Panem in the rebellion against the Capitol.

The newcomers join returning principals Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), and Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), among others.

The franchise’s second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, hits theaters Nov. 22. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will be split into two movies, with the first opening on Nov. 21, 2014, and the second on Nov. 20, 2015.

Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Josh Hutcherson in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

For mega-fans, any small difference between the Hunger Games books and movies will be a disappointment. That’s why Catching Fire director Frances Lawrence is urging that “[t]he movie is very, very true to the book.” That said, there will be several differences between the movie and the book, as outlined by Entertainment Weekly. Fair warning, there are spoilers below.

Peeta Can Swim

The Book: In Catching Fire, Peeta cannot swim. This becomes a major problem for him because the 75th Hunger Games arena has a large lake in it. Oh yeah, Peeta and Katniss have to compete again in Catching Fire, I warned you there’d be spoilers here.

The Movie: Peeta’s inability to swim is his greatest obstacle during the Hunger Games Redux. His storyline, at least within the games, will have to be altered greatly. Lawrence promises the “changes to Peeta’s narrative” will not change “his relationship with Katniss” or the overall story. Josh Hutcherson seems to be pleased with the change: “The option is for either me drowning or sitting there like a cat batting my paw into the water. Either way the visual is horrible.”

Bonnie and Twill Are Gone

The Book: Katniss is alerted to the existence of District 13, and a growing anti-Capitol sentiment, by two refugees she finds in the woods named Bonnie and Twill. Bonnie reminds her of Rue, so she tries to help her out.

The Movie: Without Bonnie and Twill, who were cut entirely from the movie, the filmmakers will have to think of a completely new way for Katniss to learn that District 13 still exists. However, Lawrence did not divulge what that will be, saying only: “That’s fun, figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.”

Goodbye Darius

The Book: Darius is one of Katniss’ favorite Peacekeepers whose tongue is cut out when he tries to prevent another Peacekeeper from whipping Gale. His fate is even sadder in Mockingjay.

The Movie: The character of Darius has also been cut from the movie. According the producer Nina Jacobson, it was a decision made due to time constraints. “I want every single thing in there.” Jacobson said. “But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.” While it’s not a huge blow to Catching Fire (and you can see some of what that scene will look like in the teaser trailer), Darius’ ultimate fate has a big effect on Peeta in Mockingjay, so it will be interesting to see what producers do then.

With or without Bonnie, Catching Fire will hit theaters November 22. And don’t say we didn’t warn you there’d be some changes!

Entertainment news reports that “Smallville” actor ALAN RITCHSON is now slated to portray Gloss in the “The Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire.”

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Another dreamy actor joins the growing cast of the much-awaited sequel to the blockbuster film, “The Hunger Games,” along with recurring leads, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Hunky actor Alan Ritchson, more famously known as the actor in “Smallville” and “Blue Mountain State,” will officially be portraying Gloss-a former career tribute from District 1 who is thrown into the Quarter Quell along with his sister, Cashmere.

Ritchson joins new cast members-namely Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Amanda Plummer as Wiress and Bruno Gunn as Brutus.

Do you think Ritchson makes a good choice for Gloss?

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