The Hunger Games: Mockingjay has cast Patina Miller in the role of Commander Paylor.
The character is the leader of the rebels in District 8 before becoming the President of Panem in Suzanne Collins’ third and final Hunger Games book. Paylor is in her early 30s.
Miller is best known as a Broadway actress for her role in Sister Act. She is currently the Leading Player in the revival of Pippin currently on Broadway and won a Tony for “Best Actress in a Musical” at the most recent Tony Awards.
Despite these accolades, don’t expect her to be singing and dancing in Mockingjay.
Lionsgate decided to split the Mockingjay book into two films like they did for Twilight and as Warner Bros. did for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Hobbit. Part 1 of Mockingjay opens in theaters November 2014 and Part 2 premieres a year later in November 2015.
Lionsgate has made numerous Mockingjay casting announcements in recent weeks. They include Lily Rabe cast as Commander Lyme, Julianne Moore for President Coin, Evan Ross as Messalla, Stef Dawson as Finnick’s wife, and Natalie Dormer as Cressida.
Meanwhile, Catching Fire opens in theaters this November 22.