The next installment of “The Hunger Games,” titled “Catching Fire,” promises all kinds of changes for the world of Panem. Katniss Everdeen isn’t just a Hunger Games survivor, for one; she’s a full-blown celebrity now. Civil unrest is catching throughout the twelve districts, too, causing all sorts of problems for Katniss as well as the cruel President Snow.
And here’s something else that’s new: when “Catching Fire” hits theaters, it’ll have a brand new fan in the form of A-List actor Bradley Cooper.
It seems that “Hangover” actor, currently at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his and co-star Jennifer Lawrence’s new film “The Silver Linings Playbook,” is the latest person to catch fire and become a “Hunger Games” fan. “I just saw it,” Cooper told a surprised Lawrence when MTV News spoke with the pair at TIFF. “I didn’t even tell you? I didn’t text you?”
Cooper further proved his “Hunger Games” fandom by listing reasons why he’s excited for “Catching Fire” to come out. “Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this ,” he said. “He’s unbelievable.”
The Oscar-winning “Capote” star isn’t the only newcomer on board for “Catching Fire.” Sam Claflin was recently cast as Finnick , and Lawrence expressed her own excitement over the casting. “He’s wonderful. He’s really sweet, a great, wonderful actor. He’s got a great American accent.”
Excited as he is for Lawrence’s next turn as the Girl on Fire, Cooper admitted his disappointment that a certain character won’t be back for the sequel.
“I’m bummed out that Wes Bentley got killed. He was awesome,” he said. When MTV’s Josh Horowitz tried to assure him that Bentley’s character, Seneca Crane , might still be alive, both Cooper and Lawrence were quick to shut him down, knowing full well that the door closing on Seneca meant the gamemaker’s death.
“It’s kind of like a Tupac situation,” Lawrence explained nonchalantly.
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