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Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson: 'Hunger Games' Roles Confirmed!

Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson: 'Hunger Games' Roles Confirmed!

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have landed roles in the upcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games, JustJared.com can confirm.

The actors will join previously cast actress Jennifer Lawrence in the film, set for a March 23, 2012 release.

Josh, 18, will play Peeta Mellark, a District 12 tribute who confesses his feelings for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the outset of the Hunger Games.

Liam, 21, is set to play Gale Hawthorne, a longtime friend of Katniss’ who hopes that she’ll make it out of the arena alive.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the Hunger Games casting news?

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  • tgeee

    lame

  • http://J.com kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!

    What does it mean?

  • yosbe

    NO!!!! HE’S NOT PEETA, YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! HE’S UGLY AND DOESN’T MATCH WITH KATNISS :s

  • http://J.com kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!

    They don’t act?

  • http://A Sligo lambert ^_______^ cute

    1 last littel kangaro

  • kc

    NEVER BEEN THIS DISAPPOINTED. JUST NOOOOOOOOOOOOO for both of them!!!!!!!!!

  • http://kawaiimimichan Meemz

    Liam’s hot and fit for the role of Gale..but i dont know about Josh:\
    cant wait for the movie<3

  • http://twitter.com/esseklipatik iremturan

    I think it should be opposite and I don’t even like Josh so he should Gale.

  • outraged

    WHAT????!!!!!

  • kami

    great news for both of them.

  • kas

    um.. April Fool’s day was three days ago..

  • boona

    this is absolutely terrible. worst news i’ve heard since jenlaw for katniss. can this casting director get anything right? all three parts are seriously questionable and i have lost serious interest in this movie.

  • Lizzie

    Josh is such an amazing actor and he has a the perfect body for it! They can easily fix his hair, and i think hes gonna do a fantastic Job, same with Liam. I’m glad Lionsgate is actually picking decent actors, like Jennifer Lawrence, not super sexy well known guys just so they can make a few extra dollars and a NOT BELIEVABLE movie. Josh will be amazingly convincing as Peeta

  • Wes

    NOOOO WE WANT HUNTER PARRISH AS PEETA!!! F*CK YOU CASTING DIRECTORS!!

  • outraged

    gale is supposed to be gorgeous! peeta is supposed to be tall and built (josh is short, isn’t he?), lumbering in the woods and gale is lithe. they are going to butcher the series. they’re doing it right now. the casting is all wrong. jennifer lawrence as katniss was so wrong, i can’t quite see her as an emaciated tree-climber. she looks too well-fed and busty. her face is so full.
    yeah, yeah, yeah, they can dye her hair and paint her olive and make her look younger and tinier. whatever, let’s have betty white play katniss — you can dye her hair and paint her olive. can you imagine josh hutcherson and jennifer lawrence kissing and cuddled up in a cave? wtf, man? are they turning The Hunger Games into a comedy?
    in what universe is liam hemsworth supposed to be good-looking? omfg. so many gorgeous guys out there and this is the best they can do. not good-looking, can’t act. did he come for free or what?

  • Marianne

    Not my first picks, or my second but I like Josh so he should do good. I haven’t see anything with Liam in it, so I don’t how well he will do, but he is pretty cute. Although, not really how I pictured Gale.

  • boona

    i have to come back and add that what bothers me the most is it seems like the casting director/producers/director etc. just haven’t read the books nor do they care what fans think.

    nothing against liam or josh as actors, they aren’t actually bad, and josh certainly has lots of potential BUT i cannot imagine either one of them for these roles.

  • Court

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Lizzie

    No Peeta is “medium height and stocky” and Jennifer Lawrence is a GOOD ACTRESS! the looks dont matter THAT much

  • Celia

    WORST CASTING EVER!!!!!!!

  • Joanna

    YAYA go Josh! he’s gonna be great. he’s a real good actor. exciteD!

  • amy

    Ugh no! I wanted hunter parrish for peeta not josh. This sucks.

  • Cheery

    This is f-cking ridiculous. Neither of them are right for the part. Josh is short and very average looking (not to mention the opposite of Peeta in appearance), while Liam looks like a neanderthal. I get that since Katniss and Gale look like they could be cousins it makes sense that they cast an actor with light eyes and hair (to match Jennifer), but Gale is supposed to be breathtakingly handsome, Liam is decidedly not. What the hell is going on??

  • ugh

    ughh I’ve hated that josh hutcherson guy ever since his desperate attempt to land the spiderman reboot part. He just seems SO desperate to be involved in a popular franchise. I can’t imagine how unbearable he’ll be when the hunger games press starts..

    I like Jennifer Lawrence.. despite the fact that she doesn’t fit the part physically, she is hard working and a great actress and best of all, low-key. I want this cast to be more like harry potter’s and not fame-hungry like twilight’s (apart from rob & kristen, the rest are so annoying)

  • lauren

    what exactly is hunger games about?
    never read the books.

  • outraged

    i’m not saying jennifer lawrence and josh hutcherson can’t act, i think they’re great actors. i also think kathy bates is a phenomenal actress but i wouldn’t cast her as cleopatra. phillip seymour hoffman is a great actor, but would you cast him as superman?
    with this casting, i feel like they’re more interested in making a quick buck instead of telling a great story. oh, the books were bestsellers, let’s cash in on it’s success.

  • Irena

    OMG THEY JUST RUINED GALE!!! I thought they were gonna pick people who can act and frankly, low-key actors should’ve been in. Fresh faces.

  • Irena

    And any guy who dates Miley Cyrus is questionable in EVERY aspect of life!

  • Celia

    @lauren:

    They’re about a post-apocalyptic America. America now consists of 13 districts…only 12 still exist. These districts are controlled by a dictatorship called the Capitol. As a punishment for a Revolution that happened years ago, two children between the ages of 12-17 are chosen to compete in the “hunger games” tournament every year. In this tournament…the children are forced to fight til’ the death until only one remains. The first book is from Katniss’ point of view…she’s a 16 year old girl. Her best friend is Gale, he’s 18. Peeta is from the same district and he and Katniss have a short history.

    I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s a great series.

  • Allie

    Everybody always hates the casting when they cast for popular books. Harry Potter anyone? I remember the outrage when Daniel Radcliffe was chosen. A lot of people wanted Haley Joel Osment and were outraged that JK Rowling insisted on having unknown UK actors.

    Twilight? Robert Pattinson being the worst actor to be chosen for Edward? It’s done. They’re not going to change. Most studios will go for the best actors, not who looks most like actors.

    Although Jennifer and Josh seems like a strange pairing. WIll she not tower over him?

  • Hanne

    Jennifer looksa little older than him. I was expecting Hunter Parrish.

  • ada

    worst casting in casting history.

  • noria

    What I can’t understand is… having a perfect match for the role of Peeta they go and chose an actor who doesn’t look like him. I’m sorry, but Hunter Parrish will be my Peeta forever.

    Go ahead and ruin a movie, why don’t you? :|

  • Allie

    Do we have to go through this every time that a popular series book is cast. I guess people have short memories – people hated that Daniel Radcliffe was cast for Harry Potter – I remember a clamour for Haley Joel Osment until JK Rowling insisted on unknown UK people being cast. And, uh Twilight? Was there not a petition that Robert Pattinson was completely wrong for Edward. Now people love him.

    Maybe, maybe the studio cast the best actors and not the ones that look the most like the characters.

    You all know you’re going see it anyway no matter who is cast.

  • krystel

    WTF

  • $$$$$$

    I still think Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen was a bad choice. However it’s all about the money. The Twilight series made a gazillion dollars so of course everyone thinks Pattinson is the perfect Edward. I think it could’ve been so much better, the movies.
    As for going to watch it anyway, not necessarily. I didn’t watch Twilight at the theaters. I watched it on cable TV and laughed and laughed through a lot of it so I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. I haven’t watched the rest and have no interest to. The movie made me realize how ridiculous the story was to begin with. I thought the books were okay, not very good but not completely unreadable (except the last one, I could barely finish it).

  • pup

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! SO disappointed! HUNTER PARRISH is peeta!!!!

  • http://Justjared.com Bri05

    I hate all the characters for this movie. I’m so dissapointed.

  • Sue

    So I guess now they are going to change their hair color-brunettes to blonde and blondes to brunette. I hate when it looks so obvious and fake like it did for some of the Twilight bunch. It’s going to be hard for the one of the left to pull off a natural blonde look with his hair already so dark and his skin so pale. imo

  • Nikki

    Ok… Role for Gale is perfect. Peeta… Josh is a good actor but he really doesn’t have the looks. I hope they decide to work their movie magic and give him, at least blonde hair. They are making Jennifer Lawrence have brunette hair… so they can do the same with Josh. (:

  • Colin

    I was hoping for Hunter Parrish too but Josh is a really good actor so I think he can do it. I’m not familiar with Liam or Jennifer, though.

  • kASSIE

    I used to think Josh was ok but when he stooped in dating Vanessa makes me think he’s sleezy n gross. Just NOOOO.

  • lerner

    No wonder Miley got back with Liam. She wants to be in even more photos.What a joke.

  • Gale

    The girls at District 12 swoon over Gale. Does Liam Hemsworth look like someone who could turn heads? Eww. Why can’t Gale look something like this?
    …..
    http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn163/switchfoot9/Ben%20Barnes/ben-barnes-HD-ben-barnes-5086665-16.jpg

    Not this actor specifically, but someone who’s attractive at the very least.

  • shannon

    Um s the casting director drunk? Cause he mixed up watch Peeta and Gale look like??
    This movie started off bad with Jennifer and is just going down hill.
    Why don’t we just cast Miley Cyrus as Joanna and Zac Efron as Finnick while we’re at it?

  • shannon

    @outraged: ahh this made me laugh, your funny and I 100% agree

  • noname

    why..just tell me..why..this movie had a big potential..had..

  • Casey

    Im not thrilled with the casting but oddly, for me, Id prefer them the other way around. Peeta in my head is more like Liam, kinda built like that, head shape and overall build very similiar, not sold on Josh but ive never seen him in anything but again, in my head he fits Gale better. e
    Im loving the casting of Jennier Lawrence, I dont give a **** im in the minority. shes a great actress and the majority of peoples complaints arent to do with her acting, its that shes not brunette. beccause hairdye hasnt been invented yet.
    Id rather waait and see the films nad judge than bitch about someones hair colour for the next year. And as always with a book adaptaion, im gonna have a different par tof my brain for hte book and for hte film. almost all adaptaions ive seen have differed fromt he book, sometimes ive liked the movie more than the book, sometimes the movie has ruined the book for me. I love the Hunger Games novels. Im optimistic about the film, but even if i dont like it, I will always love the books

  • livvyloo

    I was so hoping it would be Hunter Parrish for Peeta. This kid looks a bit too full in the face for Peeta, and he is not even blond! Oh, and Liam Hemsworth??? So sad, his brother would’ve been better but neither one is gorgeous enough to play Gale (as written).

    Re-cast this please, before it is too late!

  • http://twitter.com/officalvstyle Abby

    I really don’t care about the casting of Liam but I do think he looks like he’s on the old side.

    As for Josh that is a big HELL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. He’s NOT Peeta in anyway. He doesn’t look it nor do I think his acting is all that great.

    Besides he looks about 16 and Jen looks like she’s in her mid 20s. Thats just going to look gross. ITs like she’s going to be cougaring him. O_o

    The role should have been given to Hunter.

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