If you placed a bet recently that we would see new photos from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire today, then the odds are ever in your favor. Following the photos from yesterday featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin, Lionsgate has released three more pics, including our first look at Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. These photos also showcase Paula Malcomson and Willow Shields as Katniss' mother and sister, and Donald Sutherland as President Snow. Take a look at these latest photos, then read on for details about three characters in Suzanne Collins' novel that will not be seen in director Francis Lawrence's adaptation.
As with any adaptation of a popular novel, filmmakers can't realistically fit everything from a book into the movie. Three characters from Suzanne Collins' original Catching Fire novel will not be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The District 8 runaways Bonnie and Twill, who alerted Katniss to the impending revolution and the existence of District 13, will not be seen in this adaptation. The District 12 peacekeeper Darius, who is sentenced to life as an Avox after interfering with Gale's whipping, has also been cut from the movie. Here's what producer Nina Jacobson had to say about these omissions.
"It's as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan. I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential."