While "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" still hasn't found the right actor to play Finnick Odair, it has already sealed an actress to play his mentor Mags. On Thursday, August 2, Lionsgate Films has officially announced that Broadway veteran Lynn Cohen has been tapped to play the former victor from District 4.
In the Suzanne Collins book, 84-year-old Mags is described as a mentor of Finnick. During the 65th Annual Hunger Games, Mags volunteers to replace Finnick's lover Annie Cresta. Along with Beetee and Wiress, Mags is also one of the first people Katniss Everdeen wants for an ally.
When she tries to escape poisonous fog during the deadly games, Mags kisses Finnick before killing herself without hesitation since her protege can't decide whether he should save her or Peeta Mellark. Katniss is confused why Mags' death makes Finnick cry before she finds out that the elderly tribute is his mentor and like family to him.
Lynn is set to join Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth who will return as Katniss, Peeta and Gale Hawthorne respectively. Also lining up in the cast ensemble are Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, and Amanda Plummer as Wiress.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, the sequel to "The Hunger Games" is slated for a November 22, 2013 release in the United States.
Before landing a role in "Catching Fire", Lynn Cohen is best known for her New York theater roles. Her big screen credits include Steven Spielberg's "Munich", and Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, NY". She will next be seen in "They Came Together", which also stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.