'Catching Fire' Recast The Cat Because People Had Major Problems With It
What with the switch between Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence as director of the Hunger Games movies, there were always bound to be some changes. So far, it appears this will include a lot of water-world-building in the second film — oh, and Buttercup's been recast for Catching Fire . Yep, the cat.
For those with good memories for the felines in their media, Buttercup in the Hunger Games books is Prim's cat that Katniss hates, although they have a begrudging respect/appreciation for each other as the story goes on. Buttercup is also described as yellow, though, whereas the cat we saw in the first Hunger Games movie was black and white.
Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins was having none of this inaccurate cat shit, however, and so went to Catching Fire director Lawrence about getting it changed. Here's what Lawrence said ont he matter in an interview with i09:
On if Collins requested any further changes:
So yes, the Buttercup "situation" has been dealt with. From now on, Buttercup will be a more authentic hue, if you are a cat-in-film enthusiast and were on the edge of your seat about that one, consider this cat case closed.