Monday, March 19, 2012

Movie News: The Hunger Games Cast - Who's Who




I have been scouring the internet to figure out who's who in The Hunger Games cast. With the movie coming out this Friday, I was curious to learn a little bit more about the cast. I also recently re-read the series and wanted to start putting faces to the characters in my head.



So, here you go, friends, the cast of The Hunger Games!





Ahhhh...peaceful, happy teens.






Jennifer Lawrence 

Katniss' oppressive world is rocked when her sister is chosen as a Tribute for the 74th Annual Hunger Games. She volunteers in her sister's place and has to use all of her already extraordinary talent and skill to survive.

Katniss is the original KAH and is the girl we should all aspire to be when we grow up. She's empowered, loyal, self-aware, brilliant, tough and almost fearless (but not to a fault.) I loved spending this past week re-reading her story. Katniss really puts almost every other YA heroine to shame. She's like Lisbeth Salander without the daddy issues.

The blog-o-sphere went nuts when Lawrence was chosen for the coveted role, but I think she has more than proven herself able to fill the character's shoes during filming. Lawrence had to train like an Olympian and her trainer has said she would really have a shot at the Summer Olympics with her newly developed archery skills.

Lawrence is probably best known for her role in Winter's Bone (if you haven't seen it, it's great - she totally earned the Oscar nod she received last year.)







Josh Hutcherson

Peeta has to leave his family (bread makers in District 12) when he is chosen as the male Tribute. Over the course of the preparations for the Hunger Games we start to know Peeta better. However, once in the actual Games, we start to question his motives. Katniss tries to distance herself from Peeta because she knows that only one of them can survive.

Hutcherson is best known for his role in The Kids Are All Right, Bridge to Terabithia and Journey to the Center of the Earth. If the trailers and preview clips are any indication, he is going to make one kick ass Peeta.




Amandla Stenberg  

Rue, a Tribute from District 11, is the youngest and smallest Tribute in the Hunger Games. She and Katniss eventually develop a mutual trust and she plays an integral role in Katniss' path in the games and the future of Pandem.

The Hunger Games is Stenberg's first major role. Her look fits Rue perfectly and I can't wait to see what she's going to bring to the pivotal and emotional role of Rue.






Jack Quaid and Laven Rambin

Marvel and Glimmer are Career Tributes from District 1. Apparently, being from District 1 gives you the personality disorder of being a career jerk. These two were born to be Katniss' enemies in the Hunger Games.

Quaid is the handsome son of stars Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid (you can totally see it, can't you?) and this is his first major role. Rambin is known for her TV roles on All My Children, Grey's Anatomy (as McSteamy's daughter) and Scoundrels.





Alexander Ludwig & Isabelle Fuhrman

Just when you thought the Tributes from District 1 were bad enough, you ain't seen nothing yet! The Tributes from District 2 are are born to kill. Like Marvel and Glimmer, they have been trained for their whole lives for this and don't have a shred of mercy for anyone once the games begin.

Ludwig was recently seen in Race to Witch Mountain and Fuhrman played the creepy Esther in Orphan.





 
Dayo Okeniyi

Thresh, like Rue, is from District 11. Thresh plays it solo in the games, but shows up at a very crucial point in the story.

The Hunger Games is the first major movie for Okeniyi who is originally from Laos, Nigeria.






 

Jacqueline Emerson

From District 5, Foxface, like Thresh, plays a solo game in the arena. She is quick and clever, eventually earning Katniss' respect in the games.

Emerson is new to feature films and is also a singer/songwriter.











Woody Harrelson

Haymitch, the only surviving Tribute (Victor) ever from District 12 is thrust in the role of Mentor to Katniss and Peeta. He is deeply scarred from his time in the Games and has turned to booze (and lots of it) to ease his mental anguish.

Woody is a great choice for Haymitch. He excels at quirky characters with hidden depths and that's Haymitch to a tee! I'm excited to see him biting into this role as the series progresses and Haymitch reveals more of his troubled layers.






Stanley Tucci

Flickerman is the MC of all interviews and media revolving around the Games. He is an interesting character, walking the line between charming and heartless, engaging and evil.

I'm loving his blue hair and sparkly outfit. The novel has Flickerman sporting dyed blue skin, but they thought it would be to distracting in the movie. I have been a fan of all of Tucci's work and he will fit this role brilliantly. I can't wait to see his true nature come out in the subsequent sequels!





Lenny Kravitz

Cinna is Katniss' costume and dress designer. His amazing creations certainly play a significant role in helping Katniss get sponsors for the Hunger Games and also her setting the world on fire. Cinna is also Katniss' closest ally of the Capitol crew.

Kravitz was brilliant in Precious and I can't wait to see what he's going to bring to the role of Cinna. 







Elizabeth Banks

Effie is in charge of keeping Katniss and Peeta organized and on schedule for any Hunger Games related events. Effie has impeccable manners, is always concerned about other people's perceptions and although an integral part of sending children to their deaths, loving at heart.

Banks is a brilliant comedic actress and I'm interested to see how she will interpret this role.






Wes Bently

Seneca Crane is the Head Gamemaker for the Hunger Games. In the novel, he doesn't have much face time although he is the man behind many of the torturous elements in the Hunger Games.


I hope the filmmakers' casting of the excellent Wes Bentley (American Beauty) means that we will get to see more of his behind-the-scenes puppet mastery.
  



 




Donald Sutherland

Snow is the embodiment of evil in The Hunger Games. With his tyrannical influence, blood and rose scented breath and twisted mind, Snow is an intelligent and demonic leader who must be destroyed.

The ever-amazing Sutherland will be chewing the scenery with this role. A role which will become even more sinister as the series progresses.







Brooke Bundy, Kimiko Gelman and Nelson Ascencio

Octavia, Venia and Flavius are the Prep Team in charge of making Katniss glamorous for Hunger Games publicity events. They handle everything from her hairy legs and bushy eyebrows to taming her skin and hair. They represent the surreal vibe of the games by pampering her before she enters an arena of carnage.

The Prep Team has a large-ish role in the novel, but (rumor has it) that they only make a cursory appearance in this installment of the movie. No worries Prep Team fans, there will be more to come in the sequels...



Toby Jones

Templesmith is the announcer for the Hunger Games. Like Crane, he doesn't get much (really any) facetime in the book, but his booming voice is the only source of information the tributes have in the arena.

The fact that the filmmakers have chosen an interesting character actor like Jones (Infamous, Frost/Nixon) to portray what was basically a voice in the novel leads me to believe that we will get some insight to Templesmith that we haven't seen before.








Willow Sheilds 
Prim is Katness' little sister who's name is initially pulled as the female Tribute for District 12. In order to protect her, Katniss volunteers herself instead.

The Hunger Games is Sheilds' first major role. If the trailers are any indication, she certainly has the chops to hold her own with this stellar cast.
 
 Paula Malcomson
Katniss and Prim's mother is known throughout District 12 as an exceptional healer. After the death of her husband, she spirals into a depression that propels Katniss to ensure the family's survival.

Malcomson is a veteran of several movies (A.I., Green Mile, Tombstone) and TV shows (Caprica, Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood.)



Liam Hemsworth
Gale is Katniss' best friend, hunting partner and flirty-man from District 12. The question throughout the series is whether Gale and Katniss can make the transition from best-ies to more than friends. Oh...and escape the oppression of The Capitol/survive the Hunger Games...no worries.

Hemsworth is widely known for being Miley Cyrus' boyfriend, but has been in several movies (The Last Song, Knowing) and is an accomplished young actor in his own right.

Hope you had fun learning more about the talented actors behind The Hunger Games. I have already bought my tickets to the midnight show on Thursday and can't wait to see it! Are you looking forward to The Hunger Games? What do you think of the casting choices? Feel free to comment below!

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8 comments:

  1. Hi there, just popping in from Goodreads... You have a great blog :)

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    1. I just checked out your blog and I love your layout!! I'm your newest follower too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. GAAAAAALE!

    *coughs*

    Oh sorry, this post was about the WHOLE cast, right? :D *grins sheepishly* Awesome post, Steph! You did a great job of helping us all put faces to names and vice versa. :)


    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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    1. Haha!! I would have put more about Gale had I known :) I have been trying to keep everybody straight. So, I thought it was good to have a little Hunger Games primer before the movie comes out!

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  3. Peeta looks nothing like I imagined him! Oh well, can't judge until I actually see the movie. LOVE the girl casted for Rue, I agree with you that she looks perfect for the part.

    It was really interesting to read about all that you liked about Katniss, most people I've talked to really hated her. I liked her until partway through Mockingjay.

    Annie in Wonderland

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    1. I just re-read the series last week and I agree with you. Parts of Mockingjay were my least favorite of the series, including the fact that Katniss is a mess for a large part of it. I understand why, but I don't really want to see her whiney side.

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