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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.

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  • daisy:D

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

  • Taylor

    Well, there goes my desire to see this movie.

  • neena

    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..

  • Amanda

    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..

  • Marianne

    @daisy:D:

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

  • bananaphone

    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…

  • Heynes

    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…

  • Kevin

    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?

  • Megs

    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..

  • Steph

    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.

  • Lena

    wow, that is terrible

  • Ryan

    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.

  • bek

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

  • bek

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

  • mickey

    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.

  • bunnyteeth

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

    but i have the same question with Liam #rollingeyes

  • Daria

    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.

  • Bits

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

  • Liesy

    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!

  • taylorr

    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.

  • jozef

    EPIC FAIL!!!

  • Alexiel

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

  • Ry

    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

  • Lana

    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…

  • TaylorSwiftFan

    @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..

  • Sarah Wu

    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

  • heaven

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

    DISAPPOINTED!

  • whatever

    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.

  • Ari

    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.

  • Shannon

    Awful casting decision. Just awful.

  • Trace

    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.

  • timetraveller

    …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

  • http://n/a grace

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

  • Z

    WHYYYYY?!

  • chacha

    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.

  • kar

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

  • disappointed

    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!

  • L

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

  • Indy

    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.

  • ms grey

    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.

  • Tina

    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.

  • Brandon

    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.

  • L

    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!

  • dizzy

    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.

  • Bree

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

  • Amy

    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.

  • cierra

    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!

  • sci fic fans

    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.

  • Sharon Xia

    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.

  • Mandy

    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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