ARMCHAIR CASTS: THE HUNGER GAMES
Alright, I caved.
Recently, I flew through all three books of the Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic smash hit The Hunger Games. I wanted to see what all the hype was about, and I was so pleasantly surprised by them. It was a fantastic story and I recommend it to all the Moguls out there who like to read! Go read it…like, now! (Well, after you read this article.)
When I heard that Hollywood is on the prowl to cast the movie trilogy, I thought I would throw my extremely important 2 cents into the pot, thus guaranteeing it to be cast correctly.
Are you listening Hollywood? I’m handing you a hit movie on a silver platter! Don’t mess this up!
Below are my picks for The Hunger Games…
Katniss Everdeen – played by Lyndsy Fonseca.
Without a doubt, 100%, Nikita’s Lyndsy Fonseca. Before I even thought of the possibility of a movie, I had her in my mind while reading the book. She matches the character to a ‘T.’ She may be a year or two (or three) older than Katniss in the book, but you are going to be hard pressed for actors that are 15 or 16 that can carry the emotional weight of starvation, brutal violence and revolution in this film. Hollywood can’t get away with making this movie a CW Gossip Girl-type show. People are having their skulls bashed in with rocks. It’s a dark and violent book. There have been recent rumors of True Grit’s Hallee Steinfed, and Winter’s Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence as well, which would be fine …I guess. But I’m standing firm with my pick of Lyndsy Fonseca.
Peeta Mellark – played by Liam Hemsworth
Peeta’s role is one of the most important in the series. He’s described as “medium height, stocky build, blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead.” There have been many casting rumors going around for Peeta, like Lucas Till and a few other young handsome types. The problem is, what most of them are lacking is the character himself. Peeta needs to be a little stockier, one of the nicest young men on the planet and when he holds Katniss she needs to feel safe. He also has to have an incredible way with words, someone who will make EVERYONE listen. A lot of the casting rumors have pointed toward skinny heartthrobs that jsut don’t seem like they could command anything. My vote is with Australian actor Liam Hemsworth for his looks, his heft and his chops.
Primrose “Prim” – Katniss’ beautiful young sister – played by Elle Fanning.
Prim is described as “very pretty and is as fresh as a raindrop, as lovely as the primrose for which she was named.” Like her sisters, Elle’s already a star with roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the soon to be released Super 8. She fits Prim PERFECTLY.
Gale Hawthorne – Katniss’ friend/cousin – played by Adam Gregory
Gale is supposed to be Katniss’ equal in almost every way, even down to their looks. Gale is described as having black hair, olive skin, and gray eyes like Katniss. Adam Gregory has the acting chops from roles in 90210 and the movie 17 Again, don’t ask me how I know this.
Haymitch Abernathy – Katniss’ Mentor played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan
The two fan favorites for Haymitch throughout the interwebs seem to lean between Hugh Laurie and Robert Downey Jr. The problem I have with those two are Robert Downy Jr. is too big of a name for this story and would that be distracting. Haymitch plays a big part in the story but not ‘RDJr. Big’ and you have to just not like Haymitch sometimes. The book describes Haymitch as A “paunchy, middle-aged man.” Hugh Laurie is good, but he’s a stick, he weighs like 13 pounds. Katniss also describes him as “quite the looker” when watching a video of him when he was younger. I’m not sure Laurie was ever a looker. My vote, however unpopular, is going to have to go with Watchmen’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Rue – Katniss’ alli in The Hunger Games – played by Jadagrace
Rue is the 12 year old female tribute from District 11. She forms an alliance with Katniss, and is described with dark brown hair and golden-brown eyes. Her experience with Katniss stays with her for the remaining 2 books, so she has to have the acting chops to pull it off. Jadagrace starred in Terminator Salvation, so she’s a vet to post-apocalyptic stories.
Katniss’s Mom is mentioned as very beautiful, though she suffered from severe and debilitating depression after Katniss’s father died. Because of this, Katniss had to take over the role of the protector of the family and has resented her for years. She is a skilled healer and slowly starts to come around. In this role, I think Robin Wright-Penn would be PERFECT.
President Snow – the dictator of the of Panem – played by Bill Nighy
President Snow is a bastard. Through and through. He’s described in the book as “snake-like” and smells of blood and roses. When I read the books I couldn’t help but always picture Bill Nighy with some surgically enhanced puffy lips.
What say you Moguls? Am I crazy?
Disagree? Who would you picture in these roles?