Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hunger Games: The Movie: Peeta and Gale

So casing for Peeta and Gale has been finalized.  Yes, to some this might be old news but I'm working an event and have only a precious few minutes to get this up.  It has been bothering me since last week when I found out the selections.  I'm not really thrilled with them:

Gale Hawthorne:  Liam Hemsworth

Yes, his blonde hair can be died dark but I don't think there's any way he can shake the "big, dumb jock" vibe he gives off.  Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobs said, "Gale is a young man who uses words very sparingly, so the onus was on the actor we cast to capture him by showing not telling."  How lucky for Liam since I doubt he has much of a vocabulary.  And not to delve into his personal life but dating Miley Cyrus?  Really?  I suppose we've all made terrible dating mistakes so maybe he can overcome the odds stacked against him.  Needless to say, this is NOT the Gale I pictured while reading the books.

Peeta Mellark:  Josh Hutcherson

Again, bring on some hair color.  But not so sure this pretty boy will look convincing as a blonde.  He has a better resume than Liam and will probably pull off this role.  Author Suzanne Collins is a fan of Josh's.  She said, "Three lines into the read I knew he'd be fantastic.  Josh totally captured Peeta's temperament, his sense of humor and his facility for language.  I'm thrilled to have him aboard."  If Suzanne likes him, hopefully that's a good sign.  

In conclusion, when I first saw these two, Amy pointed at the two side by side photos on her computer screen and said, "It's Peeta and Gale."  Naturally, I assumed Josh was Gale and Liam was Peeta....though I'm not sure that would be a good fit anyway.  The next roles rumored to be cast are Katniss's sister, Prim, and her mentor Haymitch.  Can't wait to see who is chosen.


  1. Thanks, I rally like this picture of him and its true Liam does have that 'dumb kid" look.... but their both so hot... especially for a girl my age :)

  2. Haha! Thanks for the comment! And have at them. I'm sure you'd be cute with either! :)

  3. josh hutcherson is so hot but liam looks even cuter in this pic! my friend is a huge fan of him and this pic is perfect