The Hollywood reporter decided to take what they called the un-sung scouts – six of the leading women in Hollywood who find stars out of tens of thousands of head shots for leading films, including The Hunger Games.
The woman who has been behind many of the recent casting announcements for Catching Fire is Debra Zane. She has had the job of finding the actors that she thinks will best fit the major and not so major roles in The Hunger Games sequel.
Here’s what THR has to say about her:
Debra Zane‘s plate is filled with some of Hollywood’s highest-profile projects, from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse. Her films from the past few years include The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2, the Ocean’s Eleven series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Total Recall.
She had also worked with Gary Ross before The Hunger Games, on Seabiscuit and Pleasantville
As we reported back at the beginning of last year, when it comes to casting Catching Fire, Debra Zane and the rest of the crew including new director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson, won’t be conducting (and haven’t been conducting) “American Idol” style cattle calls. The way she works is to use professional channels to cast a wide net to find those relatively unknown actors that she thinks are ready for a break.
I think she’s done an amazing job. I love the cast they’ve put together so far and I can’t wait to see who else they’ve got in mind!