Primrose 'Prim' Everdeen: Willow Shields
I am LOVING the look of this girl...unibrow and all. She appears sweet and innocent much like Prim is in the books. She was in In Plain Sight but is relatively a newcomer. Prim's role is pivotal, especially in the first book.
Effie Trinket: Elizabeth Banks (98% sure)
Effie Trinket is the effervescent escort who helps prep Katniss and Peeta and keeps them on a tight schedule. E Banks may absolutely be the one who gets the honor of sending some poor, innocent children to what they can only imagine is their deaths. In the movie, this role is important because she gives vital information not only to the tributes but also to the audience (especially those who didn't read the books.....shame shame).
She has been staring on 30 Rock (my favorite show!) as of late. And has also acted in Scrubs, Fred Claus, Spider-Man 2 & 3, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Catch Me if You Can among many, many others. Fans and followers of the Hunger Games overwhelmingly wanted wanted Kristen Chenoweth to play Effie. I was right there with them.......but, I do think Elizabeth can pull this off..."this" being Effie's painfully bubbly personality. And she will get to say, "Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!"
Marvel and Glimmer, two of the "career" tributes. This deadly duo are, for the most part, spot on.
Glimmer: Leven Rambin
Leven has been in One Tree Hill, Wizards of Waverly Place, CSI: Miami, Scoundrels, Grey's Anatomy (as McSteamy's long, lost pregnant daughter), and All My Children. She seems to have the experience and she is exactly as I pictured Glimmer. Beautiful, with long blonde hair, she is a great pick.
Marvel: Jack Quaid
Jack is the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. He has no IMDB profile and the Hunger Games will be his first acting endeavor. Though we don't have much to go on as far as what Marvel looks like (or as far as Jack's acting chops)-there was no strong description in the book-we do know he is a supreme punk. I imagined him looking like a punk but not such a baby-faced punk. In any case, this should be a good starting role for the young Quaid and we shall see if it makes or breaks him.
Rue, Katniss's in-arena ally, and Thresh, Rue's monster of a counterpart have also been cast! Though both are relatively "unknowns," I think they are great!
Rue: Amandla Stenberg
Rue made me think of a little pixie or tree fairy in the book. She was so nimble and light, flitting from tree to tree. And I know I picked Willow Smith, but Amandala seems absolutely perfect for this role. I'm very excited about her playing Rue.
Thresh: Dayo Okeniyi
He looks big and while I'm sure he's friendly in real life, I can definitely see him being intimidating in the movie. He looks like he packs the power that this role requires.
Other roles sure to be cast soon are those of Gale, Peeta and Katniss's mothers as well as Haymitch, President Snow, Greasy Sae, Madge and the 18 or so other tributes from other districts. Can't wait and I will keep you posted! The movie release date is set for March 23, 2012 so mark your calendars!!!