‘Catching Fire’ Casting: Who Is Mags?

In this week's Hobnobbing, we take a closer look at the District 4 tribute to be played by Lynn Cohen.

The Reaping rolls on as Lionsgate, the studio behind “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” announced Thursday (August 2) that “Sex and the City” actress Lynn Cohen will enter the Quarter Quell as District 4 tribute Mags.

If it’s been a while since you’ve read the second novel in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian series, you may need a bit of a refresher as to who this octogenarian is. After all, Mags’ casting hasn’t been as closely watched or breathlessly speculated over as that of fellow District 4 tribute Finnick Odair. (But, really, who could blame us? The guy is billed as Panem’s Sexiest Man Alive! Eat your heart out, Bradley Cooper!)

So with that in mind, here’s a rundown of what you need to know about Mags:

Her Backstory: Like all her fellow Quarter Quell tributes, Mags is a victor (an all-star, if you will) from a previous Games. (Which one, we don’t know for sure.) And since her time in the arena, she’s served as a mentor for District 4′s other tributes, including the beloved Finnick.

Her Path to the Quarter Quell: Mags and Katniss share more in common than outsmarting the Capitol: They’ve both volunteered as tribute. Mags’ name wasn’t actually drawn for the 75th Hunger Games. Instead, it was that of Finnick’s lady love, Annie Cresta, but Mags takes her place — most likely due to Annie’s emotional instability.

Her Skills: In her advanced age, Mags isn’t exactly the ideal physical specimen. For one, she has a stutter, which Katniss chocks up to an earlier stroke. Then there’s her inability to walk quickly, which forces Finnick to carry her at points during the Games. But she does boast a valuable skill picked up from her fishing-rich homeland: making fishhooks out of just about anything.

Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read “Catching Fire”!

Her Fate: Mags dies an honorable death during the second day of the Games, sacrificing herself to poisonous fog to save Finnick, Katniss and Peeta.

What do you think of Lynn Cohen as Mags? Sound off in the comments below and tweet me @amymwilk with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!

Earlier “Hunger Games” columns:

» ‘Catching Fire’ Casting Rumors: What About Sam Claflin?
» ‘Mockingjay’ Dissected: Enough Material For Two Movies?
» Comic-Con 2012: A Guide For “Hunger Games” Fans
» “Hunger Games”: The Week In Casting Rumors
» “Brave,” “Hunger Games” And The History Of Lady Archers

Check out everything we’ve got on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

For young Hollywood news, fashion and “Twilight” updates around the clock, visit HollywoodCrush.MTV.com.