Let the Kristen Bell Hunger Games campaign commence! We were ready to hand over a script as soon as we heard Bell wanted to join the Hunger Games cast; anyone who’s seen Bell’s clever, kick-ass character in Veronica Mars knows the actress could handle her bidness in whatever futuristic distopia you can throw at her.
However, it looks like Kristen is gunning for the role of Johanna Mason, former Hunger Games victor and participant in the Quarter Quells alongside Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss. Bell’s Hunger Games note to /Films’ fans on Tuesday says it all: “Kristen Bell 4 Johanna Mason!” Kristen has referenced her love for Suzanne Collins‘ series before; Bell tweeted last summer, “I’m not just ‘a’ hunger games fan. THE hunger games fan. read both books twice.” Then again, it looks like Glee‘s Naya Rivera Hunger Games role of choice is also Johanna. You know what that means: celebrity battle to the death!
Okay, when we first read John C. Reily might be in The Hunger Games, we couldn’t imagine it. The man played Sasquatch in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny! Then again, Reilly also has an Oscar-nomination for Chicago, so maybe we can average the two and come out with the perfect lumbering, bear-like role for him to play. According to New York Mag, the Cyrus star is in talks to portray Haymitch Abernathy, the gruff, usually inebriated mentor to Jennifer Laurence’s Katniss and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta, as well as the only living Hunger Games winner from District 12. We just hope people will get past Reilly’s comic persona from movies like Step Brothers, and remember the pitiful oafs he played in The Hours, Year of the Dog, and…well, basically every other film he’s ever been in. Actually, now that we think of it, Haymitch is the role he was born to play!
The Hunger Games casting announcements are coming fast and furious now, and it looks like they finally have one of the parentals locked into place. Today The Hollywood Reporter announced Paula Malcomson is cast in The Hunger Games as grief-stricken apothecary mother to Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Willow Shields as Prim. It’s Mama Everdeen’s struggles to take care of her children after the death of their coal-mining father that leads to Katniss’s first meeting with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Given her recent work on the sci-fi miniseries Caprica, Malcomson seems like a great choice to pad the population of futuristic Panem. Paula, gets ready to mourn your way to stardom!
We need to have a little chat. See, I was one of the few people out there who fully supported you as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games from the beginning. While thousands of fans were chanting Hunter Parrish‘s name during casting, I silently stood to the side waving my little “Go Josh!” flag. I was thrilled when you landed the part (you were so great in The Kids Are Allright, after all), and I still think you can pull it off. But you gotta give the fans something to work with here, Josh! They are looking to you for a sign that you get “it,” and I’m not sure you do.
You’ve been tapped to play the next uber-franchise heartthrob. Dare I say this: Peeta may be more beloved than Twilight‘s Edward Cullen. He is gentle, kind, giving and boy, does he love Katniss. Faithful readers of the book adore Peeta and his soft baker’s hands, and they want to love whoever plays him, too. So when I saw pics of you at Coachella, looking like you stepped out of a Hipster Douche 101 catolog, I became concerned. We Hunger Games fans are watching you, Josh, and we.are.judging. Yes, your life is now just like Peeta’s – and we fans are the audience in the Capital. Oh, the irony.
One more actor down in the race to cast The Hunger Games! The Hollywood Reporter writes that the pivotal role of Katniss’s sister Primrose Everdeen will be played by Willow Shields. Newcomer Shields only has two credits to her name, but one of them, a TV movie called Beyond The Blackboard, will air this Sunday on CBS if you want to acquaint yourself with her. The role of Prim isn’t huge, but it’s certainly one of the most important characters in the story.
News of Shields’ casting comes a day after the announcement that Elizabeth Banks may play Effie Trinket in the film, and that District 1 tributes Marvel and Glimmer will be played by Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin.
One of the oddest criticisms about Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games is the fact that Lawrence is a pale blonde and Katniss is an olive-skinned brunette. As the film’s director, Gary Ross, has said “I promise all the avid fans of The Hunger Games that we can easily deal with Jennifer’s hair color.” Judging from this photo of Lawrence in full Mystique makeup for the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie, she’s proving that she can easily rock out the hair and makeup transformations and that fans of the books will have nothing to worry about.
This is quite the exciting week for Hunger Games fans. Not only was it announced yesterday that the roles of Rue and Thresh have been cast in the film, but today we’ve learned that Elizabeth Banks is the favorite to play Effie Trinket, the wig-wearing prim and proper chaperone of Katniss and Peeta in the book trilogy. While we initially pegged Amy Poehler as the perfect Effie in our Hunger Games casting predictions, we think Banks is a pretty great choice. This leaves Haymitch and Prim as the only remaining big roles left to be cast, and at the rate we’re going, we should know those details very, very soon.
The producers of The Hunger Games have been busy fleshing out the cast of their film, and they’ve just announced that they found two relatively unknown actors to play two of the more well-loved characters, District 11 tributes Thresh and Rue. Newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg will portray the young tributes forced into the Hunger Games arena with Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence). Okeniyi only has one film to his name, a feature called Slew Hampshire which has not yet been released, and twelve-year-old Stenberg has a slightly longer resume (and quite the IMDb bio which is worth a read—we love that it includes the fact that she has ridden in the Goodyear blimp), as well as her own website, AmandlaStenberg.com.
Pretty safe to say that these two won’t be unknowns for long.
Today’s Hunger Games casting announcement has set Twitter ablaze with mixed opinions and heavy doubts. Many Hunter Parrish-lovin’ HG fans are scratching their heads and cursing the producers’ decision to cast the talented but arguably too short Josh Hutcherson in the role of Peeta. And Liam Hemsworth has rarely been present on the countless dream cast shortlists.
Our initial disappointment left us with no choice but to take to Photoshop and get these underdogs Seam’d up and alongside our Katniss. The conclusion? Not too shabby. We’ll admit these guys aren’t who we pictured while reading the series, but after a little hair dye, contacts and tanning, we’re starting to see it. Plus, we all know there are techniques for embellishing an actor’s height onscreen. Hello, Tom Cruise!
What do you think, HG fans? Do Hutch and Hems fit the bill?
It’s official: Josh Hutcherson has been cast as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth will play Gale in The Hunger Games. First, let’s get this out of our system: AHHHHHH! We’ve been so anxious about when they’d announce this news that we just need to let it out a bit, ya know? Regardless of who you were rooting for to land these parts, it’s just exciting that the movie is moving forward and is one step closer to the big screen. We know lots of people had other stars picked out for Peeta and Gale, but we’d encourage fans not to fret. We recall a time a few years ago when a British unknown named Robert Pattinson was announced as the lead in Twilight and some fans of the books were horrified. But now could you imagine the franchise (er, and your life?) without Rob? We shudder at the thought!
We’re psyched to give Josh and Liam a chance and look forward to seeing what they bring to the table opposite the lovely Jennifer Lawrence. What do you think of the news? Shout it out, mockingjays! And then let’s cast Haymitch, Prim and Rue!