We gotta admit, we were almost looking forward to Monday over the weekend for the sheer probability of getting a new "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" casting announcement today, and voila! Here it is!
Lionsgate has announced that Maria Howell ("The Blind Side," "What to Expect When You're Expecting") will portray District 11's female victor-slash-tribute for the Third Quarter Quell, Seeder.
If you'll recall, Seeder is a quiet but kind character who steps up to inform Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) of the well-being of Rue and Thresh's families following the revolution.
Unlike her fellow District 11-er Chaff (recently cast with E. Roger Mitchell) and other victors, she's not become a drunk or a junkie since winning her Games, so Katniss takes a liking to her.
Howell joins Mitchell and the following officially announced newcomers to the "Hunger Games" franchise: Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, and Bruno Gunn as Brutus.
Still to come are formal announcements for the characters Finnick Odair, Beetee, Cashmere, Blight, Cecelia, Woof, and eight unnamed others. Phew, this is a long (but awesome) cast reaping process!