'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' loses Lily Rabe, 'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie picked as replacement

By Daniel S Levine,

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is losing Lily Rabe, who was cast to play Commander Lyme. She will be replaced by Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie.

Back in February, Rabe decided to star in Much Ado About Nothing for New York’s Shakespeare in the Park in June. According to TheWrap, Rabe did film her scenes for Mockingjay Part 1, but will have to leave before her scenes for Part 2 would be filmed.

Lionsgate decided to recast the role of a previous Hunger Games winner, picking Christie. The very tall actress is known for playing Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones.

Variety reports that director Francis Lawrence already started filming Part 1 and Part 2 in Georgia in September. Production will move to Paris and Berlin this spring. The studio has said that filming with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was mostly completed, but he still had scenes for Part 2. There’s no word on how the studio will handle that.

Catching Fire was released last November. The first part of Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ last Hunger Games book will be released on Nov. 21. Part 2 isn’t set for release until Nov. 20, 2015.

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