Unknown Aussie actor Stef Dawson has been cast in upcoming Hunger Games movies.
The Canberra native will play District 4 victor Annie Cresta in Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, which sees the action fantasy’s heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), lead a rebellion against the corrupt Capitol.
Taking its cue from both Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga, the third book in Suzanne Collins’ best selling young adult series will be filmed in two parts by director Francis Lawrence.
Fellow Australian Liam Hemsworth will reprise his role as resistance fighter Gale Hawthorne.
Cresta, love interest to Sam Claflin’s Finnick, could well be the breakthrough role Dawson has been looking for – the first film in The Hunger Games franchise took $765 million at box offices around the world.
Until now, the Los Angeles-based actor has been honing her craft in guest roles on TV, short films and a handful of low or no-budget features in Australia and the US, including the NSW thriller Wrath.
The casting news follows last week’s announcement by Lionsgate that Natalie Dormer, currently starring as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s Game of Thrones, would play Cressida.
The second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, opens in Australia on November 21. Mockingjay Part 1 is scheduled for release exactly 12 months later and Part 2 opens on November 20, 2015.