Joining Jennifer Lawrence in the anticipated film "The Hunger Games", based on the best-selling book series by Suzanne Collins, they have finally found a Peeta and Gale.
After months of discussion among the fans on who should play the two male leads of the series, the casting news this morning was greeted with cheers and groans. Liam Hemsworth, who starred opposite Miley Cyrus in the mediocre love story "The Last Song", has been cast as Gale Hawthorne, Katniss' long time friend and hunting partner. (Also the brother of Chris Hemsworth, who is playing Thor).
I am actually quite happy with this decision. I was worried that they were going to pick someone far too young for my favorite character in the series. And although there has been an uproar on all the social networks this morning about how Hemsworth does not have Gale's "dark features", I don't care about that. He has the perfect "look" and physique of Gale.
And to everyone's surprise, and my satisfaction, it was not Hunter Parrish cast as Peeta, like the majority of the fans wished. Josh Hutcherson, from Oscar nominated film "The Kids Are All Right", has been cast as Katniss' love interest and fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark. There has also been quite an uproar about this because Peeta has blonde hair, and obviously, Hutcherson does not. But it's a quick fix. They cast an actor of the perfect age and size for this role.
Personally, I am very happy with this casting. I was so fearful that this trilogy was going to be full of half rated young actors that don't know how to carry a great story on their shoulders. But instead of going with the popular choices, as many film franchises have done, they went with acting ability.
"The Hunger Games" is set to release next March.
Comic Con 2011 attendees be on the look out for sneak peeks this summer!