Alright, you have to admit – for most other book-to-movie adaptations, the casting choices usually leave something to be desired. I remember the uproar over the choice of Robert Pattinson as Edward in the Twilight movie adaptations (rightly so). However, I must confide with you that I am quite giddy over the casting choices that were made for The Hunger Games. There is that ever so perfect mix of well-known stars and budding unknowns that makes me anticipate successful chemistry between the seasoned actors and the relative newcomers.
Having read the books, there are several things about the casting selection that gives me reason to be hopeful. From individual characters to other broader casting selections, the following are my top three reasons the cast will contribute to the movie’s success:
1. The Unknown Factor
What is most refreshing to me is that the main characters are the lesser known acting talent. By no means am I saying that they are any less talented; however, their lack of presence on the Hollywood scene is refreshing, and will be beneficial in gaining a real connection with the audience.
From Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) as Katniss Everdeen to Josh Hutcherson (Bridge to Terabithia) and Liam Hemsworth (Last Song) as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, this fresh-faced trio certainly has the charisma and good-looks to replace the hype of previous and current trios from other top-grossing movie trilogies.
Ever since seeing Zombieland, I have developed a new-found love for Woody Harrelson. Witty, slightly oddball, and so ridiculously hilarious. His acting is something that can’t really be described, but instead must be experienced. Casting Harrelson as former tribute and town drunk Haymitch Abernathy was spot-on; it didn’t take me more than a second to insert his face into the mental pictures in my mind as I read. I only hope that he can provide the depth of character that Haymitch deserves.
3. Rockstars Make Awesome Movie Stars
Whoever was the mastermind behind the genius casting choice for the character of Cinna, Katniss’ personal stylist for the games deserves a gold star. I mean, no one else besides LENNY KRAVITZ could portray the fashionable, well-spoken and much-loved Cinna with so much flair and pure awesomeness. Seriously, bravo.
That’s it from me on today’s installment of The Hunger Games countdown, but I want to know what you are excited to see from the cast. Big Donald Sutherland fan? Love Stanley Tucci? Can’t wait to see Elizabeth Banks in Effie’s crazy costumes? Keep the discussion going below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m excited to see what my fellow fans are looking forward to.
11 days until The Hunger Games