The sequel to the mega-hit film adaptation of The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is rapidly scoring actors for its expanding cast, and yesterday it was announced that they’ve added veteran actress Maria Howell as Seeder. Seeder is a former District 11 (aka the predominantly black, sharecropping district) Hunger Games winner who will return to the battlefield again. The character is around sixty years old, and thought Howell looks significantly younger, we think she’s a great choice for the role.

If she looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen her around. She’s appeared on a variety of TV shows including The Vampire Diaries, The Game, Detroit 187, and Single Ladies. Her most recent role is in the upcoming JJ Abrams-produced sci-fi series, Revolution. But her earliest role–and likely the one you’ve seen her in, if all these other appearances have escaped you–was as the church soloist who gets interrupted by Shug Avery in The Color Purple:

Howell is also an accomplished jazz singer. Check her out here:

Have you read Catching Fire? Are you excited about this casting news?

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