Hunger Games cast speculations

When I started working at the General Books desk, I made the mistake of asking one day, “What’s the Hunger Games?” –It  earned me some really weird looks. Being a self-described book lover, I guess it is kind of shocking that it took me so long to figure that one out. But I’ve repented. This winter I borrowed the first book in the trilogy from my roommate and stayed up all night long reading. I could not get enough of the drama.

And now, of course, the best-seller is being made into a movie. The question being asked by all of Suzanne Collins’ fans is who will play whom. There is always a “battle to the death” by bloggers and fan sites over who they think should be cast as a beloved (or much hated) character when books get made into movies. Well, on March 17 it was finally revealed who will play the heroine Katniss Everdeen: 20-year old Jennifer Lawrence. She’s starred in two films that won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival:  “Winter’s Bone” in 2010 and “Like Crazy” in 2011. Not bad. Time will only tell if she is suited for the role of Katniss. At the moment, the sentiment is kind of iffy, since she doesn’t quite fit the physical description Collins gives for Katniss in the book. I’ve never seen any of her movies, but apparently her role in “Winter’s Bone” was pretty intense, and she’ll need that as she plays a teenager in a battle-to-the-death twisted form of the Olympics in a post apocalyptic United States.

As for who will play Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ hunting partner and friend from back home, and Peeta Mellark, the fake/notsofake love interest in the games–the speculations go on. The frontrunners seem to be Liam Hemsworth (“The Last Song”) for Gale and Josh Hutcherson (“The Kids Are Alright”) for Peeta. When will they be announced? I’m dying to know!

-Lis. (your resident book-lover.)

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