Julianne Moore has started filming "The Hunger Games: Morkingjay". The "Game Change" star has gotten a makeover to prepare for her role as President Alma Coin. The natural redhead was spotted on the movie's set in Atlanta, Georgia, rocking gray tresses.
Also spotted on location were Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth. The Katniss depicter wore an arm cast, but it's unclear if it's just a prop or she has a real injury. The latter, meanwhile, shaved his beard, clearly getting ready to reprise his role as Gale Hawthorne.
As the production kicks off, more cast members for the last two installments of "The Hunger Games" series are announced. Wes Chatham and Elden Henson are the latest addition to the pack along with Mahershala Ali. They will play Castor, Pollux and Boggs respectively.
Other previously-confirmed new cast include Patina Miller (Commander Paylor), Lily Rabe (Commander Lyme), Natalie Dormer (Cressida, a resident director from the Capitol who joins rebellion along with her camera), and Evan Ross (Cressida's assistant Messalla).
Francis Lawrence, who directs the second installment "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", will be back to helm both "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2". Actor Josh Hutcherson will also return as Peeta.
"Mockingjay" will follow Katnis joining a rebellion against the Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, she must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
The first "Hunger Games" directed by Gary Ross was released in 2012 to become a box office hit. "Catching Fire" will follow on November 22 this year before closing out with the first "Mockingjay" on November 21, 2014 and the last one on November 20, 2015.
Author/director Stephen King recently weighed in on the young-adult sci-fi adventure story. The 66-year-old novelist was apparently not much of a fan, telling the Guardian, "I read 'The Hunger Games' and didn't feel an urge to go on."
King then compared it to his own book that inspired a 1987 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, "It's not unlike 'The Running Man', which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV."
He also dissed "Twilight", "I agree with Abra's teacher friend (in 'Doctor Sleep") who calls 'Twilight' and books like it tweenager porn. They're really not about vampires and werewolves. They're about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good."
But when it came to "Fifty Shades of Grey" which was originally written as a "Twilight" R-rated fanfiction, King gave more lenient comments, "They call it mommy porn, but it's not really mommy porn. It is highly charged, sexually driven fiction for women who are, say, between 18 and 25. But a golden age of horror? I wouldn't say it is."