We admit this choice of casting surprised us, but the more we think about it, the more we think we can get on board. Lenny Kravitz has been cast as Cinna in The Hunger Games. The news was announced on the official The Hunger Games Twitter page, further linking to the Lionsgate publicity page, which did indeed advertise yesterday that the we have our Cinna.
It’s a lucky break for Lenny because we all know that the movie (and the consequent trilogy) is going to be massive! We know he’s super famous already, but movies are a whole different ball game and it often isn’t easy for singers to make the crossover. This feels like a good move from him post his role in Precious. But can he pull off the role of Cinna? Stylistically, yes. Kravitz can totally work those flicks of golden eyeliner. But Cinna is much more than that—and so much more than just Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) stylist. He’s the strong (and yes, sexy), enigmatic, ultimate voice of dissent, which can’t be an easy job to pull off. Cinna is the sort of character that draws you in slowly and steadily, and we can’t think of anyone we know who didn’t get completely attached to him. But we want to know what you think? Is there anyone else you feel would be better for the role, or is Lenny it?
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We talked to The Mortal Instruments‘ Lily Collins last week and she told us she had been doing some readings with actors up for the role of Jace. Sure enough, The Wrap reports that three men have emerged as the front-runners for the part, and they apparently all screen-tested with Lily in Los Angeles a few days ago. We had a hunch something was up when Jamie Campbell Bower tweeted, “Screen test done for….. Nah I’ll keep you guessing. Its in fate, producers, actors and directors hands now,” and sure enough, he’s on the short list. Joining him are British actor Ed Speleers and model/newcomer Leebo Freeman. Let’s take a look at the potential Shadowhunters, shall we?
As of today, the last of the Hunger Games tributes have been chosen…to fight ’til the death! Rounding out the cast as District 2 tributes Cato and Clove is Race to Witch Mountain‘s Alexander Ludwig and Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman. Anyone who remembers Fuhrman as Esther from the 2009 horror film knows you do not want to be locked in a grusome battle with her. With the addition of Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, it looks like it’s almost time to let the games begin! Check out your Hunger Games cast, as it stands so far, in the gallery.
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Turn that frown upside down, Sad Keanu! 2011 is looking like your year. So soon after announcing Bill And Ted 3 might actually happen, New York Mag is reporting that Keanu Reeves is in talks for Akira lead Kaneda after Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling allegedly passed on the film. Seeing as how Akira‘s whitewashing seemed eminent back in March, it’s reassuring to see an actor with at least some Asian ancestry potentially being cast. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the graphic novel can probably point out the other problem with the rumored casting choices: the Akira leads are supposed to be in high school, not old enough to pick up their teenage kids from high school in their Ford Windstars.
But don’t you lose that grin just yet, Reeves! Apparently Warner Bros. plans on dropping $230 million on the project, which would likely make it one of the top ten most expensive films ever made, so they will almost certainly cast someone with Keanu’s international appeal. A huge sci-fi adventure flick staring Keanu Reeves makes us feel like it’s 1999 again. Just makes you want to say: whoa.
No, children, Katy Perry was not the first pop culture icon to make art about a plastic bag blowing in the wind. That honor goes to teen weirdo Ricky Fitts in the classic ’90s tale of suburban despair American Beauty. Now Beauty star Wes Bentley is cast in Hunger Games as gamemaker Seneca Crane. If Bentley can make us care about a piece of garbage caught in a breeze, he can certainly make us care about the fate of human tributes. Crane helps flesh out the adult segment of the HG cast, taking his place alongside Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket and John C. Reilly’s Haymitch Abernathy. Of course, anyone who’s read the books knows the tragic turn Crane’s story takes. Let’s just say it makes American Beauty look like The Muppets Take Manhattan. Wait, you haven’t seen that movie either? What are they teaching you kids?
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We’ve already burned through vampires and werewolves, and not one publishing house responded to our Loch Ness monster novel (it’s much hotter than you’d think!). Seeing as how zombies are actually decaying corpses, are aliens destined to be the next teen romance craze? Deadline reports today that Saoirse Ronan is cast in The Host, the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s sci-fi thriller. It’s got everything an audience could want: supernatural beings, inter-species sexual tension, and humans losing control of their minds and bodies to otherworldly forces. You’re right. It seemed hotter when it was vampires.
Seen as how Ronan proved her ability to carry a film as both the fierce fighter in Hanna and the ghostly protagonist of The Lovely Bones, we have no doubt she’ll kill it as Melanie Stryder, one the last humans left on Earth after an alien invasion. Ronan will also play Wanderer, the alien force that seizes control of Melanie, and you better believe there is complicated four-way human-alien romance quadrangle to look forward to. This is a Stephenie Meyer book we’re talking about, after all.
We don’t remember a super-jacked hunter ripping a boar’s heart out of it’s chest in the original fairy tale, but seeing as how Chris Hemsworth is in talks to join Snow White and the Huntsman, then it must be so. Hemsworth would be taking on the role after Hugh Jackman bowed out in mid-April, while Jackman accepted the part after Viggo Mortensen left the cast. Given how huge the Thor star got for his upcoming superhero flick, someone either needs to slap the dumbbells out of Chris’s hand now or equip his leather vest with emergency ripcords so he doesn’t suffocate. Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron are still attached to the project as Snow White and the Evil Queen respectively, so you know there is going to be some steamy muscle-bound woodsman love in store for one or both of the female leads. We must have been so distracted by the dwarfs the last time we heard the story to pick up on the romantic subtext. Or we were nine, one of the two.
Is it crass to say that we’d be his trusty steed if Armie Hammer plays the Lone Ranger? Oh, it would be? Excellent. It turns out those Ryan Gosling Lone Ranger rumors proved false when the Blue Valentine star passed on the role, though we wouldn’t have kicked either Gosling or the Social Network star out of our…tent? lean-to? campground? In addition to playing Prince Andrew Alcott in upcoming The Brothers Grimm: Snow White alongside Lily Collins, Hammer is allegedly in talks to ride or die beside Johnny Depp‘s Tonto in the gunslinger flick. Let’s be honest here, people: there’s not a whole long that’s attracting us to this cowboy crimefighting movie other than the unbearable hotness of the proposed leads. Well, that’s not exactly true. You know whatever Depp does with the sidekick role, he’s going to spend 85% of the film smirking and/or acting drunk. Add that to the image of Armie in a face mask, and it’s probably enough to make us go see this film in theaters.
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Put down your #biwinning t-shirt and listen to us. No seriously, put it down. We’re sorry to tell you this, but we might be looking at a Two And A Half Men without Charlie Sheen. The Hollywood Reporter claims that producer Chuck Lorre has proposed a Sheen-less sitcom to Jon Cryer. Unfortunately for Lorre, he has to get his plan in place by May 18, in order to present in the newly formatted show to advertisers at the network’s upfronts. In addition to previously mentioned stars like Jeremy Piven rumored to be joining the program, names like Woody Harrelson and Bob Saget have been mentioned in conjuncture with the reboot. Personally, we don’t know if either of those actors would necessarily fit the bill. Based on the 3/4 of an episode we saw a few years ago in which Charlie, no joke, slept with an entire coven of witches, Sheen is the carefree yin to Cryer’s anxious yang, the slutty cream to his buttoned-up coffee. Even ifÃ‚Â Two And A Half Men‘s Angus T. Jones qualifies as a grown-up by now, we still need half a man to break even!
Unfortunately, not everyone familiar with the show is optimistic about the show’s post-warlock survival. TMZ reports that the fact no offers have officially been made to replacement actors is a bad sign. One insider even predicts a Two And A Half Men cancellation in Lorre’s future, claiming “There really is a good chance the show won’t come back.” Our suggestion? Get an actor even more uptight than Jon Cryer, then slide Jon over to the bad boy role. Call up David Hyde Pierce from Frasier. You know he’s just waiting by the phone anyway.
Which do you think she’ll look better in: pink, orange or gold? We are, of course, referring to wig color, since Elizabeth Banks’ Hunger Games‘ role Effie Trinket has fake locks that flop around her head like a fuchsia tumbleweed in a gale. We personally love this casting choice for Katniss’ handler; anyone who has seen Banks’ as 30 Rock‘s Avery Jessup know she nails it when it comes to playing proper yet slightly unhinged characters. Since reports about Banks joining the Hunger Games cast proved to be true, hopefully rumors about John C. Reilly playing Haymitch Abernathy will also pan out, meaning the main cast is nearly complete. Between this casting announcement and Elizabeth Banks ‘new baby, we wonder which one makes her the happiest. We’re clearly kidding, of course. Having a baby doesn’t entitle you to a technicolor wig wardrobe.
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