If you haven't read The Hunger Games trilogy, shame on you! Only kidding, here is a brief summary and don't worry, no spoilers. Set in a post-apocalyptic America, Katniss Everdeen must participate in a fight-to-the-death annual event called the Hunger Games. The battles are televised and youths from each of the Capitol's other 12 districts are pitted against each other. Everyone is required to watch and there is a love-triangle complication she is forced to deal with.
Now, as with most excellent books except for J.D. Sallinger's Catcher in the Rye and some not so great books like The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries, a movie is soon to follow. Generally I'm not crazy about movies based on books but my number one rule when watching this type of movie is I always always ALWAYS read the book first. My other book psychosis: when I start a book, I have to finish it no matter how terrible it is because if I don't finish it I will forever wonder what happened. I'm suffering through Eat, Pray, Love right now because of that. Again, whole other blog post but why do I care about a woman's quest to find herself. I'm nothing like her and (possible spoiler alert) seems to me like she left her husband for no good reason. It didn't say that he was mean or abusive or cheating on her. Maybe I'd appreciate that book more if I were a whiny, middle-aged divorcee who was impossible to please.
Anyway, here is the girl to play Katniss Everdeen:
|Photo by Pamela Littky|
Prim Everdeen (Katniss's kid sister) is rumored to be played by:
Jackie Evancho. If she looks or her name sounds familiar, it's probably because she came in second in America's Got Talent and has a big opera voice for such a little person.
Why she's probably up for the gig: She had to endure David Hasslehoff's creepy appearance and she seems to exude that sweet and steady persona young Prim has in the books.
Whe she might not be the best choice: Since when does appearing on a reality talent show mean you're an actress?
The subject of who should play which character has been of much discussion both with my friend Amy at work and my sister and dad. A few of our picks are as follows (though some of these are from the 2nd or 3rd books):
My pick for Prim: Elle Fanning (NOT Abigail Breslyn)
Gale: There is no one in the world (except for Jeremiah) that is as stunning as I picture Gale in my mind. That said, this guy off the Puma index app is a close second. : D
Peeta Mellark: My friend Amy and I are in total agreement that Peeta should be "doughy." After all, his dad is a baker! And we also think he's not so attractive. He's plain. None of these sharp-jaw lookers I've seen posted online. I choose an older version of Rowley off Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Robert Capron) or the adorable chubby boy from this season of American Idol (Jacee Badeaux). I'd like to stress OLDER versions of these:
Finnick Odair: Ryan Reynolds
Mrs. Everdeen (Katniss's mom): Daryl Hannah or Julie Hagerty
Effie Trinket: Kristin Chenoweth
Haymitch Abernathy: Hugh Laurie
Claudius Templeton: William Shatner
Rue: Willow Smith
That's all I have for now. Hope you enjoy and feel free to let me know your thoughts about who should play each character. And if you haven't read the books, read them so you can jump in on this!