There may only be a few things officially lined up for "The Hunger Games" at this year's Comic-Con event (we can probably — hopefully! — count on a proper "Catching Fire" cast and filmmaker panel next summer), but there's still some real potential for the annual shindig-o-geekery to make us feel like we're living right there in Victor's Village.
Dig into our menu of tasty dishes we hope to see served up in San Diego this week!
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Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen) — whose character will return for the sequels — will join her "Hunger Games" co-stars Alexander Ludwig (Cato), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Jack Quaid (Marvel), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) and Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) for a special Lionsgate booth signing on Saturday, July 14.
With "Catching Fire" filming expected to begin next month, we're hoping Shields will shell out some need-to-knows about what's to come — like whether a Finnick Odair has been chosen or whether Jena Malone will indeed be Johanna Mason. We'd also love to hear her thoughts on new director Francis Lawrence's vision for "Catching Fire," whether Hawaii will serve as the filming hotspot for the arena sequences or not and where she thinks "Mockingjay" will be split in two.
And while the other tributes signing on Saturday might not be a part of the "Catching Fire" cast, they've probably got some untold stories from "The Hunger Games" set to share too, and we hope they'll give us all the goods.
That same day, costume illustrator Christian Cordella will be chatting up "The Hunger Games" at her Costume Designers and Illustrators: From Concept to Reality panel, so we're crossing our fingers that Cordella'll spill a little juice on what she has in store for the fashions in movie two.
Sneaky Appearances by the Cast
For one, Josh Hutcherson is a self-proclaimed "Batman" lover, and while "The Dark Knight Rises" — which is the movie he's most looking forward to this summer — might not be featured at Comic-Con this year, one can probably count on a little "Batman" cosplay action. We could totally see him celebrating with a little costumery himself! He could also pull a Kellan Lutz circa 2009 and don a disguise to sneak around the show here and there. Eagle-eyed as "Hunger Games" fans are, those at the Con will surely be on lookout for undercover tributes and snag a pic!
Liam Hemsworth, meanwhile, isn't on the roster for "The Expendables 2" panel — perhaps due to him currently filming "Empire State" in Louisiana — but it'd be a real treat if he made a surprise cameo for his macho movie's big day. Also, Jennifer Lawrence might not have an "X-Men: First Class" sequel panel to attend this year, but there is a Women of Marvel event lined up on Sunday. As Mystique, she totally belongs on the stage, but we'd be just as happy to spot her nudge into the crowd for that one.
Oodles of Katnisses
We can't wait to see what "The Hunger Games" fans come up with for cosplay this year, and we predict that there'll be tons of Katniss costumes on display all over the Con. Bows, braids and cargo pants aplenty! We can picture it already.
'Catching Fire' Teaser Poster
Last year around this time, Lionsgate unveiled the first movie poster for "The Hunger Games," which was a brilliant, fiery mockingjay pin treat. We're hoping they'll repeat the favor and drop the first "Catching Fire" parachute poster upon us this year too.
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