‘Catching Fire’ Finds Its Seeder

With Chaff having blown into the arena on Friday, it’s only fitting his fellow District 11 tribute follow right behind. Lionsgate announced today that actress Maria Howell will play the role of Seeder in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Maria has an eclectic resume spanning the past 30 years. Her very first credit was in the Oscar-nominated drama “The Color Purple,” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Since, she’s appeared in a slew of films and TV series, including “The Blindside,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Army Wives.”

The actress’ dystopian alter-ego, Seeder, is one of 24 victors re-reaped for Hunger Games: All-Stars (or as author Suzanne Collins calls it, the Quarter Quell). She bonds early with Katniss, assuring her that Rue and Thresh’s families have been kept safe in the year since the tributes’ death in the previous Games.

Last week marked an especially busy one for “Catching Fire” casting, with the additions of E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Bruno Gunn as Brutus and Meta Golding as Enobaria.

The follow-up to box-office smash “The Hunger Games” is slated to begin production some time this fall, with a theatrical release date of November 22, 2013.

What do you think of the latest addition to the “Catching Fire” cast? Does Maria fit your vision of Seeder? Tell us all in the comments and on Twitter!

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