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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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115 Responses to “Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson: 'Hunger Games' Roles Confirmed!”

  1. 1
    tgeee Says:

    lame

  2. 2
    kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!! Says:

    What does it mean?

  3. 3
    yosbe Says:

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

  4. 4
    kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!! Says:

    They don’t act?

  5. 5
    Sligo lambert ^_______^ cute Says:

    1 last littel kangaro

  6. 6
    kc Says:

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

  7. 7
    Meemz Says:

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

  8. 8
    iremturan Says:

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

  9. 9
    outraged Says:

    WHAT????!!!!!

  10. 10
    kami Says:

    great news for both of them.

  11. 11
    kas Says:

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

  12. 12
    boona Says:

    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.

  13. 13
    Lizzie Says:

    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

  14. 14
    Wes Says:

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

  15. 15
    outraged Says:

    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?

  16. 16
    Marianne Says:

    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.

  17. 17
    boona Says:

    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.

  18. 18
    Court Says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo

  19. 19
    Lizzie Says:

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

  20. 20
    Celia Says:

    WORST CASTING EVER!!!!!!!

  21. 21
    Joanna Says:

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

  22. 22
    amy Says:

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

  23. 23
    Cheery Says:

    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??

  24. 24
    ugh Says:

    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)

  25. 25
    lauren Says:

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

  26. 26
    outraged Says:

    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.

  27. 27
    Irena Says:

    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.

  28. 28
    Irena Says:

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

  29. 29
    Celia Says:

    @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.

  30. 30
    Allie Says:

    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?

  31. 31
    Hanne Says:

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

  32. 32
    ada Says:

    worst casting in casting history.

  33. 33
    noria Says:

    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? :|

  34. 34
    Allie Says:

    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.

  35. 35
    krystel Says:

    WTF

  36. 36
    $$$$$$ Says:

    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).

  37. 37
    pup Says:

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

  38. 38
    Bri05 Says:

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

  39. 39
    Sue Says:

    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

  40. 40
    Nikki Says:

    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. (:

  41. 41
    Colin Says:

    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.

  42. 42
    kASSIE Says:

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

  43. 43
    lerner Says:

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

  44. 44
    Gale Says:

    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.

  45. 45
    shannon Says:

    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?

  46. 46
    shannon Says:

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

  47. 47
    noname Says:

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

  48. 48
    Casey Says:

    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 ***** 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

  49. 49
    livvyloo Says:

    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!

  50. 50
    Abby Says:

    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.

  51. 51
    daisy:D Says:

    ummm, this is the worst decision of actors to play Gale and Peter. this is definitely going to ruin the movie.

  52. 52
    Taylor Says:

    Well, there goes my desire to see this movie.

  53. 53
    neena Says:

    I’ve never read the Hunger Games, but the fact that I don’t find either of these actors good looking makes me really not that keen to watch this..

  54. 54
    Amanda Says:

    What was wrong with Hunter? He’d be so much better for the part of Peeta in both looks and personality. And would look much better opposite Jen. And Liam? To me he will always be Miley’s Australian ex-boyfriend, not Gale… I feel like the casting directors didn’t even read the books. What a dissapointment. Kind of lost all the excitement I felt for this movie..

  55. 55
    Marianne Says:

    @daisy:D:

    Ummm how much of a fan can you be if you think his name is Peter???

  56. 56
    bananaphone Says:

    With this casting, i seriously just lost all interest in this movie. I don’t think they will do Peeta and Gale justice. That is really unfortunate, I was looking forward to this movie. Now I think I’ll just stick to the books, thanks…

  57. 57
    Heynes Says:

    Why would you cast someone completely not like Gale and Peeta to play Gale and Peeta? I’m mystified. There were so many other better options. Don’t even wanna see this anymore…

  58. 58
    Kevin Says:

    They just cast a short, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, not good looking guy as a tall, blonde haired, bright blue eyed, handsome guy. What next? Are they going to cast a white kid as the African American Rue?

  59. 59
    Megs Says:

    I have a big crush on the character of Peeta in the book. I don’t have a crush on Josh at all. This is a problem. My excitment for this movie just went down 100%. I couldn’t be less happy with this casting choice..

  60. 60
    Steph Says:

    I don’t hate Josh or anything, but Josh will never be as good of a Peeta as Hunter Parrish would have been. I’m dumbfounded as to why they didn’t chose Hunter.

  61. 61
    Lena Says:

    wow, that is terrible

  62. 62
    Ryan Says:

    Really bad casting. I like Josh, but I think he’s not right for this role. I know looks aren’t everything, but they don’t look like the Peeta and Gale I imagined at all. And Josh would look very weird and fake with dyed blonde hair and blue contacts. Plus he’s too short for Jennifer. Ugh, I pretty much lost all faith in this movie. I think I’ll just read the books instead.

  63. 63
    bek Says:

    Are they seriously trying to lose fans and money? because with these castings i have no intention on seeing this movie anymore.

  64. 64
    bek Says:

    Lets start a petition!!!!!!!!
    I am not seeing this movie unless they change the cast

  65. 65
    mickey Says:

    Bland and blander. There is no flava’ in Hollywood. All these guys now all look like they came off an assembly line. Not remotely interesting.

  66. 66
    bunnyteeth Says:

    oh come on… be nice guys..
    maybe the one you want cannot act!

    but i have the same question with Liam #rollingeyes

  67. 67
    Daria Says:

    People should just CHILL the hell down. Who is casted is casted, and the directors AND Suzanne probably have more authority about who should play who… Josh’s and Liam’s acting may also have been considered (shocker.) So gtfo and grab a lolipop to soothe your hurt emotions.

  68. 68
    Bits Says:

    @outraged:
    peeta is consistently described as stalky in the books, not tall. Josh Hutcherson is perfect for it. Plus, he’s a decent actor.

  69. 69
    Liesy Says:

    I was saying the other day to my dad, Josh Hutcherson would make a great Peeta!!! I’m sooooo excited!!! Jennifer Lawrence and Josh will be epic!!! Surprised to see Liam Hemsworth as Gale, but not dissappointed either!

  70. 70
    taylorr Says:

    wtffff they got a good katniss (when she dies her hair and gets tan) but the complete BOMBED peeta AND gale. first of alll lucas till is perfectt for peeta..( and he is also with lawrence in xmen–> good chemistry!) who is josh hutcherson? some kid from weird movies like the center of the earth idk. and liam hemsworth??? gale is suppose be tann dark hair and NOT WHITE. this is kinda racist? gale i should have a hott unknown actor. gary ross just crushedd my hunger games fantasy. way. to. go.

  71. 71
    jozef Says:

    EPIC FAIL!!!

  72. 72
    Alexiel Says:

    Are you f-ckin’ kidding me????????? Why on earth someone with half a brain (or common sense) would choose this pair of ******** as Peeta and Gale?????
    If this is some kind of joke, it’s a gross one

  73. 73
    Ry Says:

    Wow. Worst casting decision ever. I don’t care how good of an actor Josh is or whatever, he doesn’t look the part, he’d look unromanic and awkward opposite tall, womanly Jennifer Lawrence, and I just don’t believe him as Peeta. You could be the best actor in the world, but it doesn’t mean that you’re right for a certain role. They should have cast somone who looked more like Peeta AND is a great actor. (like Hunter). I’m sure there were much better options than Josh, I don’t understand why they went with him. Pretty dissapointed. And.. I’m just losing interest in this movie now… I really don’t like any of the lead cast members that much. Ugh. What a letdown

  74. 74
    Lana Says:

    It’s kind of an issue for me that they didn’t cast any good looking people in this movie. maybe that’s shallow, but whatever. I imagined Peeta and Gale to be very cute, I don’t think Liam and Josh are cute. If there are no good looking people in this movie I’m probably not going to enjoy it nearly as much lol. Bah. I give up on this film, they just keep miscasting it. I feel like they didn’t listen to the fans at all, even though we made it quite clear that we didn’t want Josh. Big mistake by them…

  75. 75
    TaylorSwiftFan Says:

    @Lana: I know right? Fans made it so clear that they didn’t like these guys for the roles, and we made it really clear who we’d rather see, and they obviously just didn’t listen or didn’t care. I think they just went with them because they were trying to target a younger demographic. Lionsgate messed up. Fans are the ones buying the tickets, and they just pissed off like 90% of the fans. I’m not excited to watch Josh as Peeta or Liam as Gale at all. I don’t even know if i really care to watch it at all anymore, it might ruin the book for me..

  76. 76
    Sarah Wu Says:

    Why couldn’t they have cast good looking people to play Peeta and Gale? Peeta and Gale are supposed to be good looking. This just kills the whole thing for me now

  77. 77
    heaven Says:

    DUDE!!!!!! WTH!!!!! – Chord Overstreet should be Peeta or Gale!!!! They should have casted him for either role.

    DISAPPOINTED!

  78. 78
    whatever Says:

    Any excitement I had for this movie has just died a bit. Sure they haven’t started filming the movie yet and yeah I know I should wait until I see the movie to pass judgement by right now I’m disappoint. I don’t understand how these kinds of casting decisions are made.

    Well at least we’ll always have the books and are imaginations on what we thought would have been good choices for casting.

  79. 79
    Ari Says:

    WTF?! No way! They totally ruined the casting! Hunter Parrish is better for Peeta and I think Kaya Scodelario should get the part instead of Jennifer Lawrence.

  80. 80
    Shannon Says:

    Awful casting decision. Just awful.

  81. 81
    Trace Says:

    Right, because soooo many people wanted to see Josh and Liam cast. NOT. Way to kill all the excitement that fans had built up for this movie, Lionsgate.

  82. 82
    timetraveller Says:

    …I just screamed and punched my pillow for 10 minutes after reading this. I thought Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was a bit of a stretch, but I got over it. But this is just rediculous. Now you’ve cast three actors who don’t fit the description of the characters in the book at all, as the three main leads. And hair dye can only do so much. I wish looks didn’t matter so much, but they do. I want to be able to see on screen what we all imagined and fell in love with in the books. Liam is too emotionless looking and not clever enough looking to be Gale, and Josh is too dark looking, and not handsome enough to be Peeta… Its like they’re making whole new characters. I can think of so many more actors who would have been appropriate in both appearance and personality for these parts. I don’t understand at all why they thought Josh and Liam would be the best choice. I just give up on this movie, they’re not doing anything right

  83. 83
    grace Says:

    cue internet explosion in 3…2…1…..

  84. 84
    Z Says:

    WHYYYYY?!

  85. 85
    chacha Says:

    I just want to ask this. HOW OLD IS JENNIFER LAWRENCE? HOW OLD IS JOSH HUTCHERSON? HOW BLONDE IS JOSH HUTCHERSON? HOW BRUNETTE IS LIAM HEMSWORTH? HOW THE HELL DID THEY EVEN GET THE IDEA OF CASTING JOSH AND LIAM? thank you.

  86. 86
    kar Says:

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! i hate this noo..i wanted hunter parrrish.waaaaahhhhhh!!! stupid idiots, its gonna end up like a crappy disney movie now

  87. 87
    disappointed Says:

    WAT THE HELL IS THIS?! Liam is UGGGGGLY! WTH
    Josh is ok for peeta but LIAM For GALE? SERIOUSLY?!
    CMON!
    I thought Gale would be hot! not some random actor! DAYMN!

  88. 88
    L Says:

    I can’t believe it! Thats absolutely wrong!!! Stop ruining the movie!

  89. 89
    Indy Says:

    Im sooooo upset about this casting news.
    Liam? Really? and im team Peeta!
    How could they not have cast Hunter Parrish, he would be the perfect Peeta. This is so upsetting!
    I honestly cant imagine Jennifer and Josh acting together, i just it will be awkward.

  90. 90
    ms grey Says:

    unfortunately for those of us who read and loved the books the casting of the movie have been thoughtless and without care. Though the skill of the individuals may be exceptional the main characters of Katniss, Peeta and Gale are described in specific detail, the casting of Jennifer Lawrence and now Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have completely ignored the books. I was disheartened when I heard Jennifer Lawrence had been casted as Katniss but still held out a glimmer of hope. The movie(s) which I had so looked forward too …gulping in the MTV short as I know many of us did….will not be unrecognizable as the Hunger Games. I will be sitting these out.

  91. 91
    Tina Says:

    I’m in love with Peeta and Gale in the books, but I don’t find Josh or Liam attractive at all.. that ruins it for me. You can try and convince me all you want that looks aren’t important, but let’s be honest, they are. It would be like casting an ugly Edward Cullen, and then trying to justify it by saying he’s a good actor. You could be the best actor in the world, but if you aren’t good looking, you aren’t Edward Cullen. You know? I really don’t care to watch a movie where Josh and Liam are romantic leads… blah.

  92. 92
    Brandon Says:

    Polls and serveys showed that around 70% of people wanted Hunter as Peeta, and Josh only ever snagged like 5% of the vote. And looking at the comments here, like every comment that dissagrees with this casting gets major thumbs up. And yet, they still thought it would be a good idea to cast these two. Man, the casting directors appear to be intent on making a movie that nobody wants to see. And it’s working, I don’t even really want to see it anymore, I wouldn’t care about a Josh/Jennifer/Liam romance at all. I don’t care home much you dye Josh’s hair blonde, it’s still the same, nobody wants to see him as Peeta. Ugh, what a bummer.

  93. 93
    L Says:

    Actually, I think that Josh Hutcher would make an ok Peeta, but Liam can’t be Gale! I thought Gale would be someone who’s a littlebit tan, thick black hair which reach to his shoulders and with brown eyes. Liam is the complete opposite. Just because he dated Miley Cyrus doesn’t mean that he can ruin a movie, and just take that part.
    And I would like Danielle Chuchran to be Katniss. If everyone could see the short film with her, they would understand that she’s absolutely perfect!

  94. 94
    dizzy Says:

    Is Liam even a good actor? All I know him as is Miley’s ex….He just doesn’t resemble the Gale from the books. Liam looks too old for the part. They seriously couldn’t find an a decent actor who resembled the gorgeous Gale from the books? They had to settle with Liam. Ugh.

    As for Josh, I don’t know…Again, the resemblance isn’t there. Does he have the Peeta charisma? We’ll see.

  95. 95
    Bree Says:

    Well, that kills it for me. Who wants to watch a movie with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as romantic leads? ugh.

  96. 96
    Amy Says:

    Don’t believe all the BS about these two being the best for the part acting-wise. I know for a fact that there were other fantastic actors who ALSO looked the part who were in the running. It’s not like Josh is the only young actor in this world with any talent, and they had no choice but to give it to him because everyone else who tried out sucks at acting. I don’t believe that for a minute. They chose these two because they are trying to appeal to a younger audience. Josh is famous because of all the kids movies he’s done, and Liam’s famous basically because he dated Miley Cyrus. They’re both under kid’s and teen’s radars, and that’s why they chose them. I can’t help but feel that this has been teen popstar-ified. Dissapointed… I don’t like this casting at all.

  97. 97
    cierra Says:

    oh sweet… josh & jennifer are the same height. how the hell is that going to work out, huh, gary ross? i like them as actors, but they better do a damn good job as who they are all casted as. this movie means so much to me. so if they f*ck it up, we’re out to get ‘em. fingers crossed they will at leasssst die josh’s hair a little lighter. come on now!

  98. 98
    sci fic fans Says:

    I am in love with Peeta and gale. They are Heros as katniss. Not just hero, gale is handsome guy as we all know. Peeta is charming and handsome guy too. Not that look is the most important. But when they pick Josh as Peeta as love interest pair with Jennifer Lawrence in a movie, and Jennifer lawrence looks even bigger to Josh, Now pick Liam– he looks like a giant comparing to Josh. Why they butch the beloved Peeta so much.

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    Sharon Xia Says:

    Next to Jennifer, Josh looks like a younger brother, or a best friend. Not a lover. And next to 6’3 Liam, Josh looks like a weak little boy that Liam could crush with his finger. What an awkward trio. This is the worst casting I have ever seen. No amount of hair dye, spray tan, and contact lenses is going to change the fact that they don’t look like their characters, and the fact that the three of them don’t look good together. Just awful.

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    Mandy Says:

    Even if you dye Josh’s hair, and give him blue contacts, he will never be as good of a Peeta as Hunter Parrish would have been. This is really dissapointing to me, I was so excited for these movies, now i’m just… not.

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    Andy Says:

    Blah. Don’t like it. Josh has been in many movies and lots of people know about him already. If he was meant to be a big star, he would have been one by now.

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    . Says:

    I WANTED HUNTER PARRISH AS PEETA SO BADLY!
    … i suddenly don’t want to see this movie.. but i loved the books, ugh!

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    Neisha Says:

    For cryin’ out loud.

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    Priscilla Says:

    nothing against Josh or Liam but this is all wrong! Come on, that is not Peeta. I know it’s not all about the physical but being a book that we already had a Peeta in our heads, I don’t think he’s right for the part.
    As for Liam, he doesn’t look like Gale to me either. But it’s not as bad as Josh Hutcherson for Peeta

    :( I’m sad.
    Way to listen to the fans, casting director.

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    Lailah Says:

    I think Josh will do really well as Peeta once they chage his hair…Yes he does look young but Peeta is only 16 in the first movie. I think Jen and Liam look too old for their parts though. No way does Liam look 17 and Jen looks way to old to be 16 especially next to Josh who does look his age. I like Josh but disaprove of both Liam and Jen

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    Ami Says:

    well, now I know why Katniss never noticed Peeta before the Games.. he is so ugly :(

    this is such a great book series (I don’t know if I’m gonna say the same about the movies)

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    Alex Says:

    Josh Hutcherson? As PEETA? Post apocalyptic America indeed.

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    sarah Says:

    cé tro bien il joue tt les deux de dans fo que je lis le 2 ET LE 3 en URGENCE mé gé tro ate de voir le film OMG cé pa possible gé ro ate et Liam le beau Liam joue de dans bien que joré préféré qu il joue Peeta mé bon c pa grave tro ATEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ashlyn Dickerson Says:

    I think the guys fit..but I do not think that jenifer Laurence fits Katniss’s role at all!

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    Remy Says:

    I don’t understand why they switched the characters completely. In the book Peeta has blonde curls and blue eyes, which Josh DOES NOT HAVE! And Gale obviously dark hair and eyes Liam DOES NOT HAVE!!! Why did they switch these characters so blindly? I don’t understand. Katniss’ character is perfect but why this mix up?

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    Allison Says:

    Well this doesn’t make sense. Peeta is supposed to have blonde hair and blue eyes. That’s consistent with Liam, not Josh. That’s very silly.

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    Katniss Says:

    Josh Hutcherson WORST CAST EVER! Have they even seen the past movies he acted in? FAILURES! RUINED the WHOLE IMAGE i have on Peeta. JOSH HUTCHERSON SUCK ****!

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    Katniss Says:

    HUNTER PARRISH should be PEETA DAMMIT!!!! JOSH HUTCHERSON IS A SICK ASS CHICKEN AND A USELESS PIECE OF ****!

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    kathyp14 Says:

    you guys are crazy they are perfect for that part. peeta has to be sweet and josh’sface totally shows that.he a total hottie. liam is ok not my taste but he kinda of ok for this part. the hunger games movie will rock!!!! whos cares what you think you didnt write the book and your not the director so just watch. just wait til march 23 when it comes out go to theatres and see it and come back then comment on it dont say something before you watch it. see it first dont judge a movie by its characters even though josh is perfect for this part.total hottie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    kathyp14 Says:

    the hunger games is about these 12 districts that are ruled over by the capitol and every year they have a hunger games (the name of the book) and they pick a boy and a girl from each 12 districts to play in them. there are 24 people total and you have to kill people to make it through and only one makes it out. it a good i recommend it to anyone who loves action,suspense,and also romance.

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