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Alex Pettyfer In The Running For Peeta Mellark In 'Hunger Games'; Wants To See A Script

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 7, 2011 5:55 AM
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The hottest project around town for young actresses appears to be "The Hunger Games." The franchise ready film has already seen a number of names circling the lead role of Katniss Everdeen including Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley; and that's just the ones we know of as thirty actresses have met or read for the part. However, there is also a male lead part, Peeta Mellark, the love interest of sorts for Katniss and fellow District 12 resident. And naturally, a rising young name has been linked.

Speaking with Access Hollywood, Alex Pettyfer confirmed he had been approached for the part but is not yet certain he wants to take it on. “Yes I did,” Pettyfer said confirming he had talked with producers. “Yes, but undecided yet, still [waiting] to see a script." We suppose that policy wasn't in place when he signed on for "Beastly."

We can understand Pettyfer weighing his options before signing anything, because he is being groomed to be the next big young thing in Hollywood. His name has cropped up as a potential lead for "The Bourne Legacy," he's in talks for "The Last Apprentice" with Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lawrence and a biopic of race car drive James Hunt is being developed for him as well. After starring in two back-to-back tween skewing films -- "I Am Number Four" and "Beastly" -- we could see him wanting to not get stuck in those kinds of roles.

What the rumors about his supposed attitude problems, the bottom line is Pettyfer is clearly still a guy producers want to topline their franchise. But we're sure his is just one name of a number that will eventually come forward.

In case you're wondering what all the noise about this movie is about, it's based on a hugely successful series of books; the story is set in the near future and follows the tale of 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen who takes the place of her sister, who has been enlisted for a national televised blood sport, in which the 12 newly formed states of North America each supply two teenagers to fight. Gary Ross will direct the film that will land in theaters in about a year from now on March 23, 2012.

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  • Joanne | April 21, 2012 9:32 AMReply

    Alex was all the time my favorite actor for Peeta. I was so shocked after I saw Josh. Even if District 12 is the poor one where the people aren't focused on looks and may not be 'sexy' or anything I hoped Peeta would at least be a bit good-looking. Duh.. Yeah I know it's only my personal taste but I really don't like Josh at all. It's not only his face.. is he like 5'8 ? He is so freaking small compared to Gale and even Katniss.. Man, Peeta was always my hero while reading the books.. sorry if it looks like I'm only concentrated at looks or anything.. But Alex Pettyfer would have been the best Peeta.

  • Milie | May 24, 2012 5:50 PM

    totally agree with you(:

  • Jessica | October 10, 2011 1:20 AMReply

    Holy fuck geez I think Alex should be peeta it makes no sense for a guy as peeta with brown hair in the book he's blonde get ur facts rite and I think peet should be Alex he's hot and sexy and have u seen him with his shirt off holy crap the boy is good looking sooo ppl who think he's wrong for the role I think ur wrong not to be mean but he's a good actress I saw all the movies he's in and he Rly is a good actor that the whole point for movies it's not the looks but he's still cute :p

  • Lauren | November 28, 2011 11:01 PM

    Yes, I agree that Alex is a good actor but I think he would make a better Finnick then Peeta. Peeta isn't meant to be an extremely seductive or sexy character, and hair can be easily dyed. Josh looks great with his blonde hair, and, while still handsome, he has a more natural and relaxed air about him, as opposed to Alex's constant sexual tension. Also, Josh is stockier than Alex, although both of them are super buff (try and find some of Josh's shirtless pics, they're rare but they're worth the search). And I think you mean he's a good actor, not actress, actresses are women ;) . Josh is also an amazing actor, and his demeanor is a lot more like Peeta's than Alex's. If you watch some of his interviews, you'll notice the "easy banter" that Katniss mentions Peeta has in his interview with Cesar Flickerman. I agree Alex is super hot and a great actor, it's just his whole demeanour and attitude and physical attributes scream Finnick, not Peeta.

  • Maya | April 12, 2011 4:22 AMReply


  • Annie | November 28, 2011 11:02 PM

    No. No team Peeta. This is not Twilight. The books are not about the romance, they are about the horrible struggle the world has to go through, focusing in on Katniss's. If I ever heard a person say team Peeta in real life, I would not hesitate to slap them across the face.

  • Gracie | March 26, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    Would you guys please be nice to Alex he is meant for Peeta! Also he is a great actor and a great person!

  • Sarah | March 22, 2011 12:26 PMReply

    I personally think Alex would make the perfect Peeta!
    When I saw him in I am Number Four, I couldn't stop thinking wow he was MADE to be Peeta.
    So I hope in the end he will be the actor we see as portraying Peeta on the big screen!

  • belita | March 18, 2011 3:30 AMReply

    what about him as Gale, i mean no one is even talking about who will play Gale?

  • jack | March 15, 2011 10:14 AMReply

    Not Alex. He's a poor actor. Needs acting classes.

  • kayleigh | March 13, 2011 5:22 AMReply

    i personaly think all of you are WRONG alex is a really great actor, just bc i am number four didnt do that well doesnot mean that HE wasnt a good actor in it. as for beastly its ranked number 3 in the box office. and i am number four was ranked 2 for a long time so all of you alex haters need to get the facts straight. i have read both series THG and TMI i would love for him to play both roles jace, and peeta but i some what believe he would make a better jace bc he is more of a bad ass but he could play a nice sweet 16-17 year old i definatly dont doubt that one bit.

  • Alisha | March 12, 2011 9:56 AMReply

    @ sj; how could you say that? you don't know anything about the THG news or alex pettyfer. don't lie if you don't know...just because you can't stand him or something...and please anwser, where did you that "news" get from?

    and sry for my bad english...

  • Noel | March 12, 2011 4:37 AMReply

    Again.. NO ALEX!! Too skinny, too old, still too famous, and.. just, no. Not sweet enough. Lots of reasons. UNKNOWNS ALL THE WAY!

    What do you think about Cana for Katniss? Look at these awesome pics of her IN CHARACTER!

  • Simon | March 9, 2011 5:37 AMReply

    Never saw him as Peeta and never will
    The best casting list that I saw was one made by a IMDB user
    Go check it out !

    I agreed with pretty much all the choices
    Exemple: Malese Jow as Katniss
    William Moseley as Peeta
    Hugh Dancy as Cinna

  • steventhathack | March 8, 2011 7:10 AMReply

    Whoa! The internet really hates this kid. Holy fuck!

  • Dee | March 8, 2011 2:52 AMReply

    Alex should play Jace not Peeta. Peeta is soft and sweet. Jace is edgy, arrogant, sexy, strong, and vulnerable. He was born for this role.

  • Lauren | November 28, 2011 11:04 PM


  • hotpot | March 8, 2011 2:13 AMReply

    Hey playlist! Check your references!!!!!

    The link you posted on Access Hollywood was an old article that came out in Feb 25! Two weeks ago! Alex Pettyfer has NOT given some new interviews to keep the rumors flying. You went out and dig it out and treated it as if it was something new.

    Say what you will. But this is not responsible journalism.

  • LA2000 | March 8, 2011 12:15 AMReply

    For whatever reason, Number Four seems to come off in the press as acting like a big number two. The biggest stars (even those unpleasant and unruly behind the scenes) know that when you talk to the press, you should always sound 1) grateful and 2) positive and excited about whatever project you are being asked about. He needs to get some PR 911 quick because he clearly doesn't get it. He thinks the press actually cares what HE thinks.

    No one is going to trust this guy with another potential franchise after the way he has been depicted in the press. He isn't dependable or deft with media. There is simply too much money on the line and too many faces who have less baggage, a better resume, and/or a bigger following.


  • Lynn | March 8, 2011 12:01 AMReply

    Alex Pettyfer should not play Peeta. I think that William Moseley would be the perfect Peeta.

  • Elyse | March 7, 2011 10:46 AMReply

    NO!!!! He is not Peeta in the slightest! He's too manly & fierce looking. He needs to play Jace in MI. He was born for that role.

    Hunter Parrish is Peeta. He is perfect!

  • Mony | March 7, 2011 10:38 AMReply

    @ Paul

    I agree with you so much. They don't have to earn it anymore especially if they are shitty.

  • Rebecca | March 7, 2011 9:52 AMReply

    Zach Roerig from Vampire Diaries. That's the guy. Somebody tell the big-cheeses to meet this guy.

  • Michael | March 7, 2011 9:23 AMReply

    Is Victory Van Tuyl up for the role of 'Prim'? She's the 15 year old actress from Atlanta.

  • Erica | March 7, 2011 8:36 AMReply

    I don't think he matches Peeta's sweet boy next door look. I am Number Four disappointed in the box office.

  • ew | March 7, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    gross, this better just be a play for more pr on his part and not an actual possibility. this kid seems like a huge tool.

  • joel | March 7, 2011 7:02 AMReply

    are you kidding? a B is not a good cinemascore rating. andthing less than an A- indicates mixed reviews at best. most people are idiots who give everything an A.

  • URKIDDING | March 7, 2011 7:01 AMReply

    Yeah this article/report is so far off base Playlist. He is done. EVERYONE in Hollywood HATES him. He will lucky to be considered let alone cast in anything moving forward. He blew it. Let's be accurate. Three heads of studios refuse to work with him. Hello?

  • Kathleen Walsh | March 7, 2011 6:36 AMReply

    Alex Pettyfer is way too old for Peeta. If they cast someone like Steinfeld/Moretz/Breslin/Ronan/Roberts, they are going to look really unmatched. All he has going for him is a pretty face and blonde hair.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | March 7, 2011 6:31 AMReply

    Actually, Beastly performed above expectations and had a solid CinemaScore rating: B. The girls like this guy for whatever reason.

  • Paul | March 7, 2011 6:28 AMReply

    I miss the days when a shitty actor starring in a series of flops didn't lead to more work being handed to them. They had to actually earn it.

  • sj | March 7, 2011 6:17 AMReply

    This is really old news. I am Number Four underperformed and Beastly isn't anything to write home about. But he should go ahead and get this role and every male lead in every fantasy YA franchise so he can drive them into the ground.

  • henry | March 7, 2011 6:16 AMReply

    Alex Pettyfer has not been officially approached for the role of Peeta in Hunger Games. He is no longer in the running but continues to lie and act like he is. Anyone in official consideration keeps their mouth shut and not try to get more publicity for themselves with the name dropping. U don't believe anything Alex says.This guy just likes making himself look more important than he really is.

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