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A few months back I wrote about the brouhaha over the casting of Jennifer Lawrence for the role of Katniss Everdeen in the movie adaptation of the literary bestseller, The Hunger Games. (If you missed it, take a look…Are you hungering for more Hunger Games?) Seems fans thought she was too old, too tall, too blonde, too glamorous…

Well, here she is all made-over and Katniss-like.

I think we have a winner here. I already know she is an amazing actress from her Best Actress nominated portrayal of Ree, in Winter’s Bone. According to Entertainment Weekly, for over a month Lawrence has been, “…enduring a grueling training program consisting of archery, track work, stunt drills, and yoga,” to toughen up for the Hunger Games role. And now that she’s got dark hair and tanned skin, maybe the naysayers will back off and let her do her thing.

As an added bonus, Lawrence is a big fan of The Hunger Games trilogy…

From the way Lawrence speaks about The Hunger Games, it’s as if she too is one of those suspicious fans who don’t want to see their favorite book cheapened in its transition to the screen: “I told Gary (Ross, the director) “I totally understand if you don’t hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass. It has to be broken.” It’s so tempting, especially with a cool, big-budget franchise movie, but we have to remember that she’s a 16-year-old girl…I know from the bottom of my heart that I love Katniss. I love her.” ~Entertainment Weekly

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Here are some of the other cast biggies…

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark

He was excellent as Laser in last year’s Oscar nominated The Kids Are All Right. You may also know him from Cirque du Freak, Bridge to Terabithia, Zathura, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.


Josh Hutcherson/Peeta Mellark. The male tribute from District 12, Peeta is the son of the local baker and harbors feelings for his Hunger Games partner, Katniss.

Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne

This cutie is the younger brother of yummy Thor star, Chris Hemsworth. You might remember him from last year’s The Last Song and from paparazzi pics of him getting cozy with Miley Cyrus.

Liam Hemsworth/Gale Hawthorne - Gale is Katniss' tall, dark and handsome best friend. The two have gone hunting together in the forbidden woods since their fathers died, and he forms the third point of the book's love triangle.

Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket

I know Elizabeth from her role as Avery on one of my fav TV shows, 30 Rock. She’s also known as Dr. Kim Briggs on Scrubs, and from her roles in The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Next Three Days and Role Models.

Elizabeth Banks/Effie Trinket - The pink haired, chipper Effie Trinket is the bubbly micro-manager tasked with escorting Katniss and Peeta to the Games. She's the annoying sort who enjoys making sure every little thing goes according to plan.

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy

Of course Woody’s stint as Woody Boyd on Cheers immediately comes to mind. More recently he’s been in Zombieland, No Country for Old Men, and 2012.

Woody Harrelson/Haymitch Abernathy - Haymitch is a former District 12 tribute and winner of the Hunger Games who is now a middle-aged drunk. His job is to come out of his alcoholic stupor long enough to coach Katniss and Peeta to victory in the Hunger Games.

Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman

I love this guy and am so excited he will be playing Caesar. You”ll remember Stanley from Julie & Julia, The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal, and the role I may never be able to remove from my mind, the ultra creepy George in The Lovely Bones.


Stanley Tucci - A nimble-minded interviewer, Flickerman is essentially the Ryan Seacrest of the Hunger Games.

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna

Lenny seems like an interesting choice for Katniss stylist and friend. He’s best known for his music but had  small role in 2009 Oscar nominated Precious.


Lenny Kravitz/Cinna - Cinna, is a mild-mannered stylist and friend to Katniss whose own wardrobe is much less flamboyant than that of his fellow Capitol citizens.

Amandla Stenberg as Rue

This 12-year-old little cutie is a new-comer to the acting world and seems perfect for Rue.

Amandla Stenberg/Rue - Rue is the tribute from District 11 is smart and agile. Katniss feels a srong affection for Rue, who becomes an ally, in part because she is the came age as Katniss' sister, Prim.

Here’s more of the cast, courtesy of IMDb…

Liam Hemsworth Gale Hawthorne
Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen
Elizabeth Banks Effie Trinket
Josh Hutcherson Peeta Mellark
Willow Shields Primrose Everdeen
Woody Harrelson Haymitch Abernathy
Stanley Tucci Caesar
Wes Bentley Seneca Crane (rumored)
Leven Rambin Glimmer
Jacqueline Emerson Foxface
Paula Malcomson Mrs. Everdeen
Isabelle Fuhrman Clove
Alexander Ludwig Cato
Dayo Okeniyi Thresh
Tara Macken District 4 Tribute Girl
Kalia Prescott
Jack Quaid Marvel
Ashton Moio District 6 Tribute
Chris Mark District 5 Tribute Boy
Ian Nelson District 3 Tribute Boy
Ethan Jamieson District 4 Tribute Boy
Jeremy Marinas District 10 tribute boy
Sam Ly District 7 Tribute Boy
Annie Thurman District 9 Tribute
Mackenzie Lintz District 8 Tribute Girl
Dakota Hood District 10 tribute girl
Kara Petersen District 6 Tribute Girl
Latarsha Rose Portia
Imanol Vepez-Frias District 9 Tribute
Sam Tan District 8 Tribute
Brooke Bundy Octavia

Haven’t read The Hunger Games yet? No time like the present. Head on over to Amazon and pick this baby up.

Plot:  In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.


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