‘Catching Fire’ Winnows Chaff

We just got the Chaff from Lionsgate—or rather, the official word from the studio that E. Roger Mitchell has been cast in the role of Chaff in the forthcoming “Hunger Games” follow-up, “Catching Fire.”

Chaff is a tribute from District 11, who joins Katniss and Peeta in the 75th Hunger Games, also known as the Quarter Quell. He’s basically the Haymitch of his district, thanks to a penchant for the hooch, so it’s rather fitting then, that the two victors are friends. Another of the character’s noticeable characteristics? He’s missing a hand from his first time in the arena.

The tribute’s real-world alter ego, E. Roger Mitchell, has decades of stage experience and numerous TV and movie credits to his name, including “One Tree Hill,” “The Shield” and “Battle Los Angeles.” His addition capstones a four-day “Catching Fire” casting bonanza, which includes Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Bruno Gunn as Brutus and Meta Golding as Enobaria. (And let’s not forget that rumor about Patrick St. Esprit playing Romulus, which kicked off the week…)

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