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Character Posters For "The Hunger Games" Featuring Cinna & Rue (Lenny Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg)

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 28, 2011 5:52 AM
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In case you didn't already know, there are at least 2 black characters in Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy of YA novelsThe Hunger Games, which I'm sure you know by now, is being adapted into a movie (we've covered it in one or two posts).

Of note, in the film, the characters named Thresh and Rue, also known as Tributes, as well as Cinna, Katniss Everdeen's stylist, will be played by relative newcomers, Dayo Okeniyi, and Amandla Stenberg, and Lenny Kravitz, respectively. Although, while Thresh and Rue are definitely African American in the book, as I've read, Cinna isn't described as such.

Today, we've got your first-look at character posters for Rue (Stenberg) and Cinna (Kravitz); both follow in full below. I couldn't find one for Thresh (sorry Dayo Okeniyi fans; though I'm sure one will turn up soon enough).

The first installment of the film adaptation franchise is scheduled to hit theaters in March 2012. By then I hope to have finally read my copy of Koushun Takami's Battle Royale, and watched the 2000 Kinji Fukasaku movie that inspired it :)

Both character posters follow:


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9 Comments

  • A person | November 12, 2011 10:47 PMReply

    @queensafira I think katniss is perfect! Like seriously ii don't even remember it saying she was black or even dark skinned! And I don't mean to be racist if you think I am but I don't remember Suzanne Collins even talking about that. What I do think is that gale and peeta are too old! Man they look like there 25!!!

  • CareyCarey | November 1, 2011 2:18 AMReply

    @ Not Buying It, **winking and waving back**

    But don't turn your head b/c I'm in a little debate that I believe is forcing someone to stand on their words and be accountable for them.

    That position might be considered unacceptable behavior or viewed and used as an attack, which might get me zapped :-)

  • Not Buying It | October 31, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    Great to see you back Carey!*waves*

    @QueenSafira: Very true, and I wonder how the fans feel about it. It kind of ruins the film if you've had a swarthy looking person in your head as a character you love, and the pale blond from X-Men gets the role.

  • QueenSafira | October 31, 2011 6:29 AMReply

    The role of Katniss (the main character) should have gone to an actor of color because the character in in the book as described to have brown skin. But we know how Hollywood do. Only black people cast in such a movie must die at some point.

  • CareyCarey | October 31, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    I saw the movie Colombiana. I didn't know Amandla Stenberg was the younger version of Zoe Saldana (I've never heard of her).

    Off the top of my head, I believe she did a fine job but her character was ridiculous. I mean, her journey was completely waaaay over the top. How does this young girl find her connection......in a new country...in it's largest city...all by herself?! It was totally unbelievable and the rest of the movie was in that same vain.

    re: Lenny Kravitz, I've only seen him in "Precious"

  • Akimbo | October 31, 2011 5:04 AMReply

    Thrilled for Amandla Stenberg. She was the best thing about Colombiana as the younger version of Zoe Saldana. Had the movie done any kind of business (or been good), it would have been cool to see her head up a prequel.

    She also looks, oddly, like a lost Pinkett-Smith child.

    Lenny Kravitz as an actor doesn't offend me as much as it bores me; he's not offensive, but I've yet to see him deliver a performance that justified his casting.

  • CareyCarey | October 29, 2011 5:46 AMReply

    Let’s all throw our hands in the air and holla like we just don’t care. I mean, I’m going to put my hand down because I do care and look forward to seeing this film. However, I was wondering where are all the people who vehemently despise the old singer turned actor thing? C’mon now, how many times have we heard the cries that singers and rappers are taking jobs away from “trained” actors? Does Lenny Kravitz fit that debate? Sure he does and personally, I don’t know if he was trained at Julliard or horned his skills in his daddy’s basement, from what I’ve seen from his past performances I have to call him an actor.

    Seriously, is the debate; “(rappers & singer) vs. trained actors” a valid argument or is it simply silly fodder for frustrated actors who could not and can not find work even if the industry never hired an entertainer who didn’t go to acting 101 nor trained on the greatest stages of the world?

  • Suua P. | October 29, 2011 4:37 AMReply

    I Love Katniss Everdeen!

  • Z. | October 28, 2011 9:27 AMReply

    C'mon...all that so Indie Wire could make a lame Battle Royale comment??...what's the point?...you've already shown the posters...this was really silly even for dopey Indie Wire.

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