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First Look At Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth As Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 27, 2011 7:25 AM
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Hold onto your mockingjay pins "Hunger Games" fans because you now have a look at the two beefy slabs of meat that will hang off the arms of Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming film.

EW has dropped a look at their cover this week which features a notably buffed Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in costume as Peeta and Gale in the highly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy. The duo play Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne respectively, the former an easy-going competitor in the gladiatorial games who harbors a secret crush on Katniss while the latter is her best friend and hunting partner. And oh yeah, he loves her too. RUH ROH. But don't worry, off screen, these two actors are like, total bros.

“I think it’s going to blow people’s minds when they see that Peeta and Gale are actually best friends in real life,” says Hutcherson. NO WAY.

Meanwhile, director Gary Ross seems smitten like a schoolgirl. “On first glance he’s such a hunk that it’s easy to just sort of ascribe a hunk-like simplicity to him,” he says about Hemsworth. “But this is a phenomenally subtle actor.”

Of course, the cast is rounded out by a mix of seasoned veterans (Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland), buzzed-about up-and-comers (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth), random names (Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz) and many fresh new faces (too many to list). The film opens on on March 23, 2012.

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  • Natalie | July 27, 2011 9:26 AMReply

    Peeta is medium height with blonde hair and blue eyes. Josh is 5'7" with dark hair and dark eyes (EW has him standing on a box next to 6'3" Liam). This is such bad casting. This cover doesn't help. He looks like some muscle head not the sensitive Peeta. Hate this casting so much.

  • bitch | May 14, 2013 3:45 PM

    I know you want some alex pettyfer, hunter parrish to be peeta but guess what they are too old to be peeta... hutcherson has more that boyish look you stupid bitch.!!! at least josh is great actor!

  • padre | July 27, 2011 8:16 AMReply

    As I've said here before, I've toured the Hunger Games fansites to get an idea of what this potential phenom is all about. The universal FURY of those girl fans at this "ugly" male cast was eye-opening. I honestly thought the guys were plain, and at worst boring looking, but never would have said they were ugly or all that horrible looking. But apparently I wasn't in touch with my inner teen girl, because they all react like these guys were hideous swamp hobos. The girl are very unhappy.

  • KT | July 27, 2011 7:40 AMReply

    "... a notably buffed Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in costume as Peeta and Gale..."

    Those are their costumes? Back to school clothes?

    Why do people go for this stuff?

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