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

Well, there goes my desire to see this movie.

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..

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..

@daisy:D:

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

bananaphone @ 04/04/2011 at 7:06 pm

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…

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…

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?

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..

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.

wow, that is terrible

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.

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

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

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 @ 04/04/2011 at 9:18 pm

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

but i have the same question with Liam #rollingeyes

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.

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

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!

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.

EPIC FAIL!!!

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

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

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 @ 04/04/2011 at 11:28 pm

@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..

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