‘Hunger Games’ sequel casts ‘Game of Thrones’ star Gwendoline Christie

April 04, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

“Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie is joining the cast of next year’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment in the blockbuster movie franchise.

Christie, whose previous screen credits include Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and the BBC children’s series “Wizards vs. Aliens,” is best known for her “Game of Thrones” role. In the lavish HBO fantasy series,” Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, a warrior woman who is better with a broadsword than most of the male knights who cross her path.

Christie is slated to play Commander Lyme, taking over the role from “Mockingjay – Part 1″ actress Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) due to a scheduling conflict with Rabe’s previous commitment to a production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare in the Park, according to Lionsgate.

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"Game of Thrones" actress Gwendoline Christie attends the show's New York premiere on March 18. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

“Game of Thrones” actress Gwendoline Christie attends the show’s New York premiere on March 18. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

For those unfamiliar with Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book trilogy, on which the films are based, Commander Lyme is a former Hunger Games victor from District 2 and a leader in District 13. The character makes her big screen debut in the upcoming “Mockingjay – Part 1,” which has finished filming and is slated for theatrical release Nov. 21. “Part 2″ is due out Nov. 20, 2015.

In an interview with Hero Complex, Christie discussed her work in the world of genre entertainment.

“The fantasy genre has so far rather embraced me, and I’m incredibly grateful for that,” she said. “The material that I like to work on, I like it to be challenging to me, and I like to really inhabit different kinds of characters, and for people’s preconceptions toward me to be challenged. I like to explore characters who are very different to me.”

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Christie isn’t the only “Thrones” cast member to appear in “The Hunger Games” films; her costar Natalie Dormer, who portrays King Joffrey’s worldly fiancee Margaery Tyrell in “Thrones,” plays Cressida, a rebel film director and spin doctor of sorts, in the last two installments.

The sequels, helmed by “Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence, also star Jennifer Lawrence as the series’ heroine Katniss Everdeen as well as Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others.

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