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The cat-tress who portrayed Prim’s Buttercup in The Hunger Games has been recast for Catching Fire, and it’s all thanks to author Suzanne Collins.

In the 2012 movie directed by Gary Ross, Buttercup was a black cat. As eagle eyed readers know, in the book the cat is described as having a “muddy yellow coat.”

A new interview with Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence reveals that producer Nina Jacobsen and Suzanne Collins personally asked for a new cat-tress after fans were somewhat concerned about why a black cat was chosen over one that matches the book’s description.

“They thought the cat from the first movie was not the way he was described in the book,” Lawrence explains in an interview with Yahoo!, “And that had annoyed a bunch of fans, and things like that. So I was happy to get one that felt like the Buttercup of the book.”

Interestingly, Lawrence says that cat problem was one of the only changes Collins requested between the two movies. “That was, quite honestly, the only simple thing, the Buttercup situation. Everything else was working on the story. We worked closely with Suzanne, which was partly why that came up.”

A couple weeks ago we showed you a photo of Prim with Buttercup in her lap. It was the first time we caught sight of the new cat-tress.

As one of our readers pointed out previously, the choice to go with a black-and-white cat for the first film may’ve been made so that his or her colors could match the bleak visuals in District 12.

Yesterday we released our Catching Fire review in which we awarded the film an A- and laid out several book to film comparisons.

Catching Fire arrives in theaters November 22.

  • Me

    Was it really THAT big of a deal? Is it THAT serious?

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      I come from a world where people are very passionate about book loyalty. For that reason, it’s newsworthy.

      • Me

        I wasn’t saying it wasn’t newsworthy at all. I didn’t think I would come off as saying that this is a useless article. I get why it was written. I was more referencing that they went to Francis Lawrence and requested a new cat. It is a small detail that I personally don’t care about at all and I was surprised that they went to the trouble of changing the cat to fix its color (when Buttercup doesn’t necessarily need to be included). I guess it does show that they are trying really hard to make these movies to the fans’ liking, but I was just surprised that they went to the trouble of changing that small detail. I come from the same world of wanting book loyalty as well. I don’t think I would be such a big fan of Hypable if I didn’t.

        • M. Gabriela Sosa

          It’s the little things….it must mean something to Suzanne Collins, otherwise she wouldn’t have requested the change.

    • A.P.W.B.Dumbledore

      I never noticed. I love my fandoms and this is one of them, but I see the movies as separate. I want the plot and storyline to stay the same in adaptations, of course, but I am not a stickler for minor details. I am happy when minor details are included, but I have learned not to always expect them. The Harry Potter movies were my biggest lesson on movie adaptations. Same plot and storyline, but they changed a lot of details and even added some things.

  • Ultron

    I mean I appreciate their wanting to get details right, but I don’t it was that big of a deal. Buttercup wasn’t much of a major role.

    • Liderc

      plus, looks like hermione’s cat now.

  • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

    THE MOVIES’ CONTINUITY IS RUINED!! *throws chair out window*

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    ‘Cat-tress.’ Oh, Andrew. lol

  • ZofTheTwiHard

    I don’t know what to say.

  • Sarah

    … Are you kidding me? … Like, really?? …

  • Samma

    That poor out of work black cat-ctor :(

    • Riana-Tiana Menezes

      Times are tough in this ecatnomy

    • Gary65

      Claims of racism are coming :P

  • Luis D.

    What is the emotion in watching something you already know? Don’t you want to be surprised? I know I want to and I don’t complain if they change something as long as the main theme and porpuse is satisfied.

  • Chris

    Now THIS is news!

  • Sarah

    I like when little details are in the movies. I appreciated the fix. But I wouldn’t care if it stayed the same.

  • lankapal

    Am I the only one who wanted Buttercup to be played by crookshanks from HP (never read the books, but crookshanks seems like he would be a good replacement)

  • Riana-Tiana Menezes

    Oh my God I am dying! Yahoo! posted an article about this too and the comments are hilarious. I get that they want to build the hype for the movie but a story about a CAT? COME ON!
    I guess when it comes to writing good stories, the cat surely caught the Yahoo writers’ tongue. ;)

    • tamia

      Butter cup was important to the story. Especially in mocking jay. I’m glad they changed it but I feel bad for the first kitty.what’s weird is that the first butter cup was the color of my old cat. And the new butter cup is the color of my new cat. Her name is cinnamon (Nick name is cinna)lol

  • Riana-Tiana Menezes

    This CATastrophic! :O I’m boyCATting this movie!

  • Black Buttercup

    Say it isn’t so Andrew!

  • Kat

    Honestly, I think a black cat works better. The first movie had a very striking look to it during the opening sequence. It was beautifully grim. A bright, yellow cat would have been jarring.

  • 7Starrchasers

    I think this is really cute :D Atleast buttercup is ginger now…so meow!

  • Zachary Boswell

    lol… that cat has a legit headshot. Better than mine.

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