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'Hunger Games': Katniss is cast, who should play Peeta?

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Well, that’s that. Now that Jennifer Lawrence (pictured) has been officially announced as the actress to play Katniss in The Hunger Games movie, we can all calm down and just wait patiently for the movie to come out. Right? Nope. Now we get to fret and ponder and postulate about who will play the whole slew of additional characters. Clearly, the most pressing of those characters are Gale and Peeta, the other two love-triangle sides to Katniss’ love hypotenuse.

For Peeta, Katniss’ Games partner and pretend (or is it real?) love interest, a few names have been floating around the entertain-o-sphere. The two strongest contenders at this point appear to be Weeds kid Hunter Parrish (above left) and The Kids Are All Right star, and Spider-Man hopeful, Josh Hutcherson (above right). While Hutcherson doesn’t have the natural hair color of the tow-headed Peeta, the casting of Lawrence demonstrates that it probably wouldn’t really be that much of a hurdle for producers. I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer has also been bandied about as a possible Peeta, which would certainly continue the trend of casting someone older than the characters’ teenage years. For Gale, there’s been a bit less speculation. Since he is supposed to be a few years older than the other two, there’s probably some more leeway in terms of the actual age of the actor they cast. A long, long time ago (in Internet time at least) we suggested Ben Barnes for the role, a suggestion I think might actually still be pretty good, though the reader pick we got was Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising).

Who do you think should play these roles? Did the casting of Jennifer Lawrence force you to rethink your opinion? And who’s going to end up playing Haymitch, Rue, Prim, Effie, President Snow, Cato, Thresh, Buttercup, and District Villager #2?

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