‘The Hunger Games’ Selects Its District 3 Tributes

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:04 pm,

It’s hard to believe that three days have passed since we last brought you a casting update for The Hunger Games, isn’t it? Lionsgate has clearly realized the benefits of announcing news about the adaptation’s cast a bit at a time – and, due to the nature of the business, that strategy allows the film to constantly make headlines around the movie news blogosphere.

Today brings the update that the nameless District Three “tributes” in Hunger Games will be played by newcomers Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott. Okay, technically Prescott isn’t a newcomer, seeing as that she appeared as an uncredited extra in Where the Wild Things Are – but close enough.

For those of you who are still wondering just what this Hunger Games movie is, here’s a more official description that sheds some light on the basic setup of Suzanne Collins’ novel:

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of 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.

EW confirmed this latest bit of casting news for Hungers Games.┬áHere are the district representative or “tribute” roles in the film that have been filled so far:

The Hunger Games fan art The Hunger Games Selects Its District 3 Tributes

A couple of supporting roles in The Hunger Games have been cast as well – specifically, those of Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Prim Everdeen (Willow Shields) and Prim/Katniss’ mother (Paula Malcomson). Elizabeth Banks and Johny C. Reilly are currently in talks to play important supporting parts in the film as well.

With so many newcomers signed on to appear in The Hunger Games, it’s difficult to say how well the main cast will do as an ensemble. This literary adaptation is nonetheless poised to fare better than its peers (see: the first Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia movie ) since its two most important roles – that of Katniss and Peeta – will be filled by experienced thespians who have already proven themselves (as always, in my opinion) to be more than capable at their craft. So take that for what it’s worth.

The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23rd, 2012

Source: EW

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  1. First, it seems like your using the term ensemble very loosely.

    Second, why is Hunger Games poised to fair better than the first Harry Potter or Narnia (both series of which include some of the hightlest grossing films)? Are you speaking strictly in terms of acting ability or are you also taking into consideration quality of the film, strength of the story, and/or popularity of the book(s)?

    • *fare

    • Banjoe,

      I’m just referring to the quality of acting from the main characters – not the film as a whole or in terms of box office potential (though I suspect it’ll be pretty popular).

  2. I’m gonna take a stab and say that Reilly is playing Haymitch in this.

  3. Wow. Are we going to post updates announcing who is cast as extras too?

    • Yeah, I get where you’re coming from.

      Still, the casting of the “tributes” in Hunger Games is significant news and there a lot of fans that want to know – but I can safely say that we draw the line at the casting of extras. 8-)

    • Seriously Ministrel the tributes are important to bringing the power of the games to the fore of the movie. Some you’re going to love to hate others your going to feel sad for. Look at Ian up there on the header. He just looks like he could be the sneakiest of all the tributes. Kalia looks perfect as someone you would feel sorry for until she stabs you in the back! Just like in the TV game “Survivor” these people will make alliances and hard choices. Some of them might make you angry.. But I’m not writing to give away the whole story. Trust ScreenRant they’re bringing you the important stuff. ;)

      Thanks Sandy for bringing us the “Hunger Games” updates. I really think the story has great potential. I still hope they bring very recognizable and powerful actors to play high profile supporting characters like Haymitch and the President…