Earlier we reported that Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson were close to finalizing deals to star in the feature adaptation of The Hunger Games. Today, news has broke that they have officially been cast. Hutcherson is set to play Peeta Mellark, and Hemsworth has been cast as Gale Hawthorne. Jennifer Lawrence will play the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, in the film directed by Gary Ross.
The Hunger Games takes place in the futuristic ruins of North America, which crumbled and was replaced by a Capitol and 12 districts. Each district is forced to supply 2 teenagers, between 12 and 18. They participate in The Hunger Games, a televised reality series that pits the contestants against one another in a battle to the death. The heroine is 16-year old Katniss Everdeen, a skilled hunter who’s adept with a bow and arrow. She replaces her younger sister, who was chosen in a lottery. She is joined by a baker's son who is also chosen from her dirt poor home district.
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