It's official! Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have been cast in The Hunger Games.
Lionsgate announced today that Josh has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' worldwide smash hit novel, The Hunger Games.
Both actors will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, who will play heroine Katniss Everdeen.
In the story, Peeta accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem. At the outset of the Games, Peeta publicly confesses his longtime feelings for Katniss, setting up one of the most fascinating fictional rapports of all time with his supposed arena rival.
Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words. When Katniss volunteers to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games in her younger sister's stead, they both presume that bond will carry her far through the horrors she will face in the arena, and they each silently hope they'll be reunited in safety on the other side of the ordeal.
The movie is set to release on March 23, 2012.
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