To no one’s surprise, since these two guys have been on the frontrunner list for what seems like an eternity now, Lionsgate announced this morning that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have been confirmed as the other two leads for the upcoming movie-adaptation of The Hunger Games.
One guess which one is Peeta and which one is Gale? Hilariously, every one of the leads is going to need hair dye – lead actress Jennifer Lawrence will need to transform into a brunette as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson goes blond to play Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth makes the move from dirty blond to dark brown-haired Gale.
All three leads are around the same real life age, and will all be playing a few years younger. Other than the casting of Jennifer as Katniss, I’m totally meh on Josh and Liam. Josh might be a great choice for Peeta, but his stocky air coupled with Peeta’s stolid personality, I was hoping to use the movie to jump on the KatPee bandwagon, which is the ship with does not end with WTF labeled all over it (which would be the other ship I boarded), but Josh looks like Jennifer’s younger brother, so I guess I’m suffering on my Gale ship forever more.
Liam as Gale is what makes me cringe – he’s a goodlooking enough male specimen with all the right physical attributes to play Gale, except for the fact that he can’t act. And thus far he’s more well-known for being Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend (and upcoming Thor Chris Hemsworth‘s younger brother) than for any acting recognition. Sigh, keeping my expectations way low for this movie, so that I can only be pleasantly surprised rather than seething with rage. Oh, and I highly recommend Elle Fanning for Rue, so get on that casting STAT, Lionsgate.