May 2012

Character Casting: Mags

Who should play this elderly tribute and mentor?

Most of the characters in The Hunger Games films are young or middle-aged, and the reason why is obvious: it’s hard to stay alive for very long in this dystopian society. People who are old usually belong in the Capitol; in any other district, old age comes from constant struggle or the luck of having some sort of income, such as the bakery that Peeta’s family runs. So we don’t get to meet very many older citizens.

My favorite older citizens in Panem, however, is Mags—the district four victor and mentor we meet in book two, Catching Fire. Mags is selfless, kind, and even a bit funny; Katniss really admires her and so do many fans. So who should the honor of playing this elderly spitfire?