By Kat Rosenfield
Picture this: a twist ending to “The Hunger Games” in which Gale Hawthorne packs his bags, departs Panem for Oz, and ends up in the arms of Jeanine Matthews, the big baddie from “Divergent.”
Crazy? Yes! Disturbing? Definitely! But it’s happening! …In a manner of speaking, anyway, as Liam Hemsworth — best known for his role as Katniss Everdeen’s smoldering hometown hottie — is off to Australia later this year for a brand new project.
Hemsworth has joined the cast of “The Dressmaker,” a drama based on the novel by Rosalie Ham — and will be forging a direct connection with Hollywood’s other big YA trilogy-turned-franchise in the process, as he’ll be sharing a screen (and some steamy scenes, from the sound of it) with Kate Winslet, a.k.a. “Divergent’s” Erudite villainess. Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki have also been cast in the film.
“The Dressmaker” tells the story of Tilly Dunnage (Winslet), who long ago fled her tiny hometown in the wake of a scandalous murder, but returns as an adult to make final amends with her demented, declining mother. It’s a fair guess that Hemsworth will play Teddy McSwiney, the football star with secrets of his own who falls in love with Tilly.
This will be Liam’s next big role after wrapping work on “Mockingjay.” The actor is currently in Paris, filming scenes for the two-film conclusion to “The Hunger Games” franchise along with Jennifer Lawrence.
Shooting on “The Dressmaker” is slated to begin this fall.