Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lucas Till & More Testing For Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games'

The Playlist By Catherine Scott | The Playlist March 26, 2011 at 2:13AM

Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially accepted the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Lionsgate's adaptation of the hit young adult series "The Hunger Games," that can only mean that other casting announcements are not far behind.
5


Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially accepted the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Lionsgate's adaptation of the hit young adult series "The Hunger Games," that can only mean that other casting announcements are not far behind.

THR reports that director Gary Ross and producers have begun testing males with Jennifer Lawrence for both Peeta, her companion in the Games, and Gale, her best friend at home. Peeta reveals his lifelong love for Katniss right before they are both to go into the Hunger Games, an arena where they must fight to the death and only one can win. Gale stays behind to take care of her family, but has also taught her the important hunting skills that she'll need to survive.

Testing for Peeta began yesterday with Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig, Evan Peters, Hunter Parrish and Lucas Till among those in contention. Hutcherson and Till were two of the names on our casting wishlist for Peeta, and Parrish, popular from the television show "Weeds," has long been rumored to be a favorite. Ludwig and Peters are less well-known. Ludwig starred in 2009's "Escape to Witch Mountain" and Peters played Aaron Johnson's best friend in "Kick-Ass." We're just happy not to see Alex Pettyfer's name in there anywhere.

For Gale, the list is long, including Liam Hemsworth, David Henrie, Robbie Amell and Drew Roy. Roy was also on our list for Gale, but the other three are a little more out of right field. Hemsworth is probably best known for his turn on the Aussie series "Neighbours" while Henrie and Amell have barely left Disney and Nickelodeon. Roy, on the other hand, has already made his ascent out of the Disney hole by starring on ABC Family shows like "Greek" and is soon to be on TBS's new sci-fi series "Falling Skies." We think Roy is the one to watch, especially if Ross doesn't want either of the male leads to outshine Lawrence in popularity amongst the viewers.

Lionsgate surprisingly has picked a good batch to work from. None of these actors, maybe with the exception of Hemsworth and soon-to-be-big Till (he stars in "X-Men: First Class" this summer), have huge followings so we're glad to see they're going for actors that are relatively unknown and on the rise. Hopefully, they'll be able to keep up with Lawrence's performance when the "Hunger Games" hits on March 23rd, 2012.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Hunger Games, Josh Hutcherson, Hunter Parrish


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates