Willow Shields Cast as Prim in ‘The Hunger Games’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:43 pm,

Willow Shields Prim The Hunger Games Willow Shields Cast as Prim in The Hunger Games

The casting news for the upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel The Hunger Games has been coming at us fast and furious (no pun) as of late, to the point that it seems the studio is almost strategically releasing the names of the cast members in careful intervals, in order to keep the film on the tips of the tongues of fans and movie bloggers everywhere.

Barely hours on the heels of our last Hunger Games casting report comes news that young actress (and relative newcomer) Willow Shields has been cast as Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of the story’s protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, who will be played in the film by X-Men: First Class star, Jennifer Lawrence.

For those unfamiliar, the titular Hunger Games take place in a dystopian future where America is now “Panem,” a government-controlled nation divided up into districts. Each year, a teenage boy and girl are selected from each Panem district to wage mortal combat (again, no pun) until one district is left standing. The winner is then rewarded with vital resources needed to help sustain their district for another year. The twist in the story comes when young Primrose (or “Prim” as she’s known), gets selected for the games; like any protective older sister, Katniss steps in to take Prim’s place in the games, thereby setting the plot in motion.

Since Shields’ acting resume is so short, there’s nothing really to say about whether or not she’ll do the role of Prim justice. It should be noted, however, that in the latter books of Collins’ trilogy, Prim does play a much more active and central role, but for the first film, her presence will be that of a supporting character, with Katniss taking center stage.

One immediate question does jump to mind: Does Shields look like she could pass for Jennifer Lawrence’s sister? Look at the images in this post and judge for yourself – but me, I say she looks close enough. Of course, I haven’t read the novel series and don’t know how Prim is described therein, and since there was a bit of fan outcry when Lawrence was cast as Katniss (apparently the actress doesn’t fit the description of her character) there could conceivably be issue taken with the fact that Shields looks like “Jennifer Lawrence,” but not like “Prim.” Well see soon enough, I’m sure.

For those keeping track, the confirmed cast assembled under director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) includes the following names:

As stated, this casting info seems to be getting released in almost strategic fashion, so I won’t be surprised if tomorrow bring news of another young face joining the film, as we ultimately fill the roles of those destined to battle it out for Panem district supremacy.

It’ll surely be a fight to the finish when The Hungers Games kick off in theaters on March 23rd, 2012.

Source: EW

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  1. Interesting, I thought Chloe Moretz would take the role, but an unknown actress seems to fit the bill. She seems to look the part decently.

  2. Is it working yet? Cause I don’t know. Do you know?

  3. unibrow FTW!!!

    • be quiet I think her unibrow is cool and Willow shouldn’t have to change because of you fans she is only 11 give her a break!

  4. Please, please, please could writers stop writing “pun [intended]…” or “no pun [intended]…”. It is as though some of you are intent at pointing out your attempts at clever word play.

  5. This Brooke’s daughter am I right? Same unibrow. Nepotism in Hollywood is still as healthy as ever!

  6. Jenifer Lawrence is great for katiniss but… Josh hutcherson is creepy looking, Liam hensworth is dating Miley cyric and now prim has a unibrow… So long hunger games movie

    • Yes!!! he is NOT fit for peeta and that makes me so so so angry that he is! he is to young!

    • what ever Katniss has a unibrow in the book dont you read them right or do you just focus on the beauty oh wait you focus on nither your just someone who just needs a little lesson on bullying I’m tired of people critzizeing Willow for her unibrow, oh and it may not tell you that katniss has a unibrow but it says my they waxed my overgrown eybrows so yeah it fits Prim becuse there not as perfect as you think you are so what ever to you .

  7. she’ll probably get rid of her unibrow for the movie. Relax!

  8. Oh.. my.. lanta… I just died from laughing about Prim’s unibrow. GOOD TIMES!

    • you need to stop too she is 11 and just because your not in the hunger games dosnt mean you can make fun of an 11 year old girl!

    • lmao me too dude

  9. Ok… Just so everybody knows the unibrow was ment to be there. The people of Panem live extremly poor. They can not afford a haircut or anything of the type. They even rairly take showers. Also, Prim and Katniss arent suposed to look alike, and Prim does play an important role in the movie. She was the only thing that Katniss could truly love. Her mother wasn’t there in a time she needed her to be. Suzanne Collins was AMAZING to be able to imagine what many of us only hope would never happen. So stop ripping on all these people they are just trying to give us somthing to be entertaind with. Josh Hutcherson does NOT fit the peeta role. I personaly think that Cody Simpson would be a very good peeta. That is my opinion.

    • thank you lucy they really do need to understand this.

    • why are you guys making fun of her unibrow any ways ? Its just a illistartion that someone made up.

  10. my own opinion is that josh could change his hiar color and get contacts easily so why doesnt anybody like him? at first i thought prim’s eyebrows were colored in or something. go on google images and look how much octavia had to change just for this movie.

    • shut up thats just who they picked to be peeta be nice or just leave

  11. everbody fits the bill just perfectly

    • thankyou raven

  12. she is what i pictured prim to look like! the movie is going to be sooooooooooo gooooooood! i cant wait for it!lol!

  13. Is anyone here

  14. they need to shave that hairy bush on her forhead