From Screen Rant:
After Lawrence was confirmed as Katniss, speculation turned to who might be playing the role of Peeta Mellark – a fellow contestant in the titular games who’s been carrying a torch for Katniss for several years. Now, THR has revealed a list of up-and-coming young actors that the studio is considering for the role. They also have a rundown of who’s being eyed for the part of Gale Hawthorne – Katniss’ good friend and hunting partner.
As far as Peeta is concerned, it looks like a few names that have popped up in the past are still in the running – specifically, Josh Hutcherson and Hunter Parrish.
The list also includes Alexander Ludwig, Lucas Till, and Evan Peters.
Interestingly, it looks like Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) is no longer in consideration.
For the part of Gale, THR claims that the studio’s list includes names like Liam Hemsworth, David Henrie, Robbie Amell, and Drew Roy.
All You Need To Know About 'The Hunger Games'
from Cheat Sheet
If you've never read the books, you might be wondering why fans are so rabid about this series of books, why they're so invested in the casting of the lead, and what you might be expecting to see in theaters in 2012. That's why we've decided to make "Hunger Games" the first entry in our Cheat Sheet series, and hopefully by the end of this article, you'll be able to observe the rest of the casting and the crazy hype with an expert's eye.The dystopian nation of Panem:
And who knows? Maybe a few of you will even be motivated to pick up the novels by Suzanne Collins as a result.
I did not follow along as the books were being published. I picked up a bundle of all three novels, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, at Costco one afternoon for something like $25. By that point, Gary Ross was already attached to direct the films based on a screenplay by Billy Ray, and so I cracked open the first book with a sense of obligation. After all, many of these kid-lit fads are genuinely awful books that catch on because of whichever potent wish-fulfillment fantasy they tap instead of any actual merit or quality in the writing.
That is not the case with these books. Suzanne Collins is a talented writer with a great sense of both character and pace. She has created an interesting world, one that exists largely on the allegorical level, and she has peopled it with characters that are easy to like and that are recognizably human. The books grapple with ideas about society, relationships, and personal responsibility, but they do so without ever sacrificing the fundamental value of a good yarn well-told. Taken as a whole, I think it's a great read, playing with some pretty familiar archetypes and ideas in a way that makes it feel fresh and urgent and, yes, personal.
( Read more... )The Districts:
( Read more... )Katniss Everdeen:
( Read more... )Peeta Mellark:
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That's the hardest part about the first book's set-up, emotionally. These kids walk in knowing that 23 of them will die, no matter what. That's what the Hunger Games are, and what they've always been. So even the tributes from the 12 different Districts can't really rely on one another, since they know they can't both survive. They are not players. They are not contestants. They are resigned to death walking in the door. They are, indeed, tributes.
There's an added element to the way the reaping works that is fairly grim. It involves the tesserae each family receives each year. That's a government-controlled allotment of grain and oil, and it's very small, barely enough for one person. The only way to get an additional tesserae is to put your name in the reaping an extra time, and you can do as many as one per family member for your whole family. It increases your chances of getting picked, of course, but it also keeps your family alive. And each year, you put that many more in again, with all the old ones still in there, so someone could have dozens of entries with their name on it in the reaping by the time they finally turn 18. The name of the Hunger Games is both appropriate and also a blatant insult to all those forced to participate in it.The 'Reward' (Other than post-traumatic stress):
( Read more... )Haymitch:
( Read more... )The bad guy, President Snow:( Read more... )Let the games begin...
( Read more... )Gale Hawthorne:
( Read more... )The Sequels "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay":
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Katniss Everdeen is a complicated character, and she makes bad decisions sometimes, but she is always painted as someone who is at heart decent, and who genuinely wants to do the right thing. The role is a gift for Lawrence, and "Winter's Bone" could not have been a more perfect audition for this film. She feels like a very real member of that community in that film, and there is a hard adulthood that seems at odd with the soft, young quality of her face. Lawrence carries sadness and coiled wariness with her at all times in that film, and it seems like she'll have to draw on a lot of the same qualities when she plays Katniss.
In finding her, they can now cast Peeta and Gale around her, so they are the right ages, and they can also find a Haymitch who has a rapport with her. It's not a huge cast, considering the scope of the story they're telling, but there are a lot of supporting characters who come and go, and so my guess is there will be a lot of guest appearances, familiar faces in smaller roles, designed to fill the world out without breaking the bank.
This is a big gamble for Lionsgate, but a good one. They've got great source material, a finite story to tell, and they're treating it like a prestige movie.
Short of revealing every plot twist, that's pretty much all you need to know to jump into a "Hunger Games" conversation with authority. You can grumble now along with the hardcore fans about how they need to cast Hugh Laurie for Haymitch, and you can pick a side in the Peeta/Gale debate, knowing full well that either side could be right. And if all of this sounds good to you, don't wait for the movies. Pick up the books by Collins and enjoy her version first. They're a quick read, and this is a case where you have no reason to be ashamed to be seen with the books. There's nothing guilty about the pleasures they offer, and I hope this is just the start for Collins as a storyteller, and that she's not done after this one story.