I loved the additions for the most part. The one with District 11 just makes me wonder what they're going to do *SPOILER* in the next movie with the uprising in 8, since that's supposed to be the first indication we get of an uprising.
*END SPOILER* In the book, they send her bread, which she recognizes as from 11 because of her and Peeta's discussion about the different types of bread during training. It's a big deal because it's the first time for a tribute to get a disctrict gift from a district that wasn't their own, and she sees it as them trying to pay her back so they don't owe her, which makes perfect sense to her.
Haymitch's additions were definitely one of my favorite parts, as it was exactly what I was imagining while reading. Katniss mentions in the book how he doesn't try any more, probably because after awhile it just got too hard to try to help these kids who ended up dying, and so seeing him actually realize he's got a chance of winning and pulling himself together to help made me glad that other people are given a reason to like him as much I do.
A casting notice was just posted yesterday.
• Johanna Mason, female, sarcastic and often cruel victor from District 7.
• Beetee and Wiress, an older couple, dark hair, pale skin from District 3, very smart.
• Finnick Odair, male, mid-20′s, very handsome, tall, tan skin, bronze hair, green eyes.
• Blight, male, mid-20′s, mentor and tribute District 7. Won a previous Hunger Games.
• Romulus Thread, male, mid 30′s – 40′s, new Head Peacekeeper of District 12.
• Twill, female, mid-30′s, teacher, escapes to District 12 where she meet Katniss.
• Bonnie, female, 17, crooked teeth, chocolate brown eyes, escapes to District 12 with Twill.
• Wiress, female, 40ish, tribute from District 3, dark hair, pale skin.
• Bristel, female, 17-19, miner in District 12.
• Leevy, female, 17ish, dark hair, gray eyes, Katniss’ neighbor from District 12.
• Cashmere, female, late 20′s, classic beauty, long blond curls, arrogant District 1 tribute.
• Gloss, male, mid-20′s, Cashmere’s brother. Mentor, victor, career tribute.
I'm curious why Wiress is on it twice, and where Mags, Plutarch, and Enobaria are. (There are other characters like Chaff, Seeder, Brutus, etc. who are also not there, but not nearly as important.)
As for casting opinions, there are way too many opinions on Finnick, most of which are, in my opinion, awful. (Zac Efron or Robert Pattinson? Really? No.) I want someone new or at least lesser-known for Finnick.
I've seen several people wanting Emma Stone, Mila Kunis, or Lucy Hale for Johanna. As much as I love Emma Stone, she's not really how I picture Johanna. Her only descriptions in the book are having wide-set brown eyes, spiky black hair, and being very muscular.
Everyone says they want Annie to be blonde (even though she's described as having dark hair), but they're listing people like Alexis Bledel, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, and Zooey Deschenal. Personally, I'm a fan of the girl in this web series
, but I doubt that happens.
One thing I do know, for Mockingjay, Fionnula Flanagan NEEDS to be Coin.