Woody Harrelson Cast as Haymitch Abernathy In ‘The Hunger Games’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:37 pm,

While two more newcomers have signed on to play “tributes” in The Hunger Games, the bigger news is that Gary Ross’ adaptation has filled one of the more pivotal adult roles: that of Haymitch Abernathy, a former winner of the titular gladiatorial competition. In the present, Abernathy is an alcoholic who spends his days training others to participate in the Hunger Games – aware that he is essentially sending them to their deaths.

John C. Reilly was previously rumored as a top contender to play Haymitch in the film, but an official offer was never made. Harrelson, as it were, was previously rumored to be in contention for the part of Gamesmaker Seneca Crane – a role that ultimately went to Wes Bentley instead.

Heat Vision has the scoop on Harrelson, whose Hunger Games character trains District 12 “tributes” (and protagonists) Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) – in the hopes that they could actually survive the deadly contest. In addition, the District 10 male and female “tributes” in the film will be played by stunt performer Jeremy Marinas (The Expendables) and newcomer Dakota Hood, respectively.

Once again, it’s no surprise that either newcomers or stars with stunt experience are being cast as “tributes” in the Hunger Games movie, giving the physically-rigorous nature of the roles – and the fact that their characters meet a terrible fate in the film (hence why there are no name actors or actresses tackling those parts).

With regards to the casting of Haymitch Abernathy: While Reilly is an excellent and overall pretty versatile character actor, Harrelson arguably seems like the better fit to play the one-time warrior – based on both his more intimidating physical appearance and his tried-and-true wild man with a heart of gold screen persona (see Zombieland for an obvious example of that).

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Here are the adult roles filled in The Hunger Games so far (for a list of the other District “tributes” cast up to now, go HERE):

While a lot of Hunger Games book fans probably have mixed feelings about the casting in the movie as a whole up to now, there’s no denying that Ross and his filmmaking crew have assembled an admirable crew of character actors (and actresses) for the adult roles – and some solid talent to play the pivotal “kid” parts as well. The Hunger Games is pretty much a surefire blockbuster hit in the making, so it’s nice to see that care is being taken with how Suzanne Collins’ popular story is translated on the big screen.

The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23rd, 2012.

Source: THR

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  1. YESSSS!!!

    John C Reilly would also be good, but Woody Harrelson is perfect

  2. I completely agree, Woddy is perfect! I just hope that this will be good!

  3. Man this book has a lot of characters! How did the readers keep track?

    • No it doesnt.. It’s an easy read book. The gamemaker and the host of the games doesnt have a lot of read-time or whatever in the book. however im guessing they will have more in the movie. the same with Prim and Katniss’ mother. Actually its the same with loads of characters.

  4. Called it! This is an excellent choice, Woody has made some questionable choices when picking movies in his day, but is an awesome actor and he’s going to rock the heck out of this role.

  5. awesome choice!

  6. That’s just perfect.

  7. I would’ve liked to have seen Hugh Laurie play Haymitch instead or RDJ but I guess Harrelson will suffice…