Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Casting News: The Hunger Games

It's official: The main roles in The Hunger Games movie have been cast.
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne

There's been some anger with the casting choices, but I'm okay with it. The Hunger Games is always going to be this incredible book series - one of my all-time favorites, alongside Harry Potter - but people need to realize that the books and the movie(s) are two separate things. 

Based on looks alone, this casting is all wrong, but that's what makeup, hair dye, and contacts are for. The casting could be 100x worse. I actually like Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. I think he makes a really good fit for him. I can't judge Jennifer and Liam, but I have faith that the movie will work.

Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar-nominated actress. Meaning: the girl is good. I haven't seen anything she's in, but I did pick up one of her movies and plan on watching it soon.

Josh Hutcherson was in an Oscar-nominated movie and has been acting for quite a while. Meaning: the boy is good. I've actually seen several movies he's been in and he's a good actor.

Liam Hemsworth is....okay, I've never seen The Last Song, so I have no clue how well Liam can act. In fact, I think the worst thing about him being cast, is that he loses a lot of credibility because he was in a movie with Miley Cyrus. He could be a fantastic actor. We just need to give him a shot. It seems like he was brought in for some eye candy (and can I just say 'yum') but I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Suzanne Collins had some serious input into the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, so I have a feeling the producers let her in on the casting of Peeta and Gale as well. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth had the chemistry and brought the right stuff, so let's wait for the movie to judge.

And to get an idea of what Josh may look like as Peeta, check out this awesome manip:
*Created by Prim-Everdeen


caitieflum said...

Wait, you mean makeup and hair dye can change appearances? HUh, a lot of people seem to be forgetting that :-)

I am not going to judge until I see it. I think she brings the intensity that needs to be there for Katniss. And I think he can so be Peeta. And Gale..really, for the first movie, he isn't the most important, and doesn't have as much, so I think the director and others can work with him to become Gale. If he is a professional actor, he should be able to learn.

The book girl said...

Yeah, I was kinda hestitant when I saw these actors, but I like your fresh point of view on them:) Hopefully they'll do awesomely.

Zombie Girrrl said...

There's always anger about casting. It's kind of silly, really. I mean, they're professionals, they know what they're doing better than we do.
I really want to see this. Glad to see it's moving along.
As for people having doubts about whther these two will look alright with eachothers' hair color, I did a little photoshopping the other day and posted the result...

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

caitieflum - It's crazy, right? Who would have thought that makeup and hair dye could work such wonders? Jennifer Lawrence totes has that intensity that Katniss needs. I have a feeling she (and Josh...still no opinion on Liam) are going to rock it!

The book girl - I really hope the movie doesn't disappoint. I have faith it will be good though, especially with Suzanne behind it.

Zombie Girrrl - Haha, I love your manip! It's exactly how I pictured Peeta and Gale.

Bere said...

I heard the news a couple of days ago and like you I'm okay with it too. I just want to see how the movie will turn out. I'm so excited, Nikki! =D

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