Hunter Parrish has been clogging our Twitter feed and Tumblr dashboard for months now, with Hunger Games fans adamantly insisting that HE.IS.PEETA. Apparently the campaigning has worked in his favor: Ol’ Dreamy Smilez (yes, that’s his new nickname) told E!’s Marc “Bowtie” Malkin that he’s in the running for the coveted role.
“I’ve met the producers,” says Parrish. “I’d be grateful to get the opportunity. Like, really grateful. It would be amazing.”
The film is all but guaranteed to be huge – and he’d be playing a baker’s son. What’s not amazing about that? The Weeds star, who’s read the beloved trilogy, also admitted to being “honored” by the massive fan support and voiced his favorite pick for Katniss. “If it’s Jennifer [Lawrence], man, sign me up!”
Looks like Hunter might be in luck. Reports continue to pour in that the Oscar-nominated Lawrence will indeed be Katniss. But her leading man is still in limbo. Alex Pettyfer is apparently being considered for the role, and Josh Hutcherson has voiced his desire to land the part as well. They all basically look the same – strong jaw, big smile, boyishly handsome, soft bread-kneading hands. So who should it be? (BTW – there’s no way Pettyfer could play both Peeta and – rumor alert – Jace in The Mortal Intstruments, right? Two teen sci-fi romance series having the same leading man? Impossible, we say!)
No matter who plays Peeta, we’ll be weeping very publicly into our popcorn when the first film comes out. SIGH.