|Hutcheron will play Peeta and Hemsworth will play Gale.|
Josh Hutcherson (The Kids are All Right) and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) have joined the cast of Hunger Games in the roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, respectively, Lionsgate announced today in a release. Both actors will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, who will play Katniss Everdeen, the heroine who volunteers to represent her remote district in the brutal annual survival test. Hutcherson, for one, has long thought he was right for the part: Check out his Q&A with EW’s Karen Valby at SXSW, in which the actor talks about his desire to play Peeta.
The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy, will be directed by Gary Ross and released by Lionsgate on March 23, 2012.
I keep telling myself that people hated Robert Pattinson when he was first cast as Edward Cullen, but I just love Peeta in the book and I don't see or feel it with Josh Hutcherson.
It's not just he "looks" wrong, I am not a fan.... I mean he is attached to Vanessa Hudgens who I dislike, ok, ok I am being judgey, but it IS Mandy's Mind Blog so I am allowed.
I think even if Josh and Liam swapped roles it would be a bit better - but we shall see. I think Liam is pretty on the eyes, and Josh has a few angles that are cute but I wanted to swoon over Peeta on film and I don't know if I can or will with this casting.
Additionally, I think Jennifer and Liam will have better chemistry (again just judging) so I would have rather had Liam as Peeta if need be.... (though we all know who I was rooting for *le sigh*)