These seemingly endless casting updates for The Hunger Games WILL come to an end eventually; for the time being, however, there are still more "tribute" roles to be officially filled in the popular literary adaptation. That's to say nothing of the plethora of significant supporting parts in the film, which have already attracted the attention of several noteworthy names.
Newcomers Jacqueline Emerson and Chris Mark are the most recent confirmed additions to the Hunger Games cast - and even more names are likely to be added to the cast list in the very near future.
EW revealed recently that Emerson is set to portray the District 5 "tribute" Foxface, a sly and clever warrior who never speaks a word in Suzanne Collin's original novel. Mark - another relative unknown with previous experience as a stunt performer in pics like The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - will play the part of Emerson's nameless male counterpart in The Hunger Games.
For those new to the game, here's the lowdown on the plot of The Hunger Games (see what I did there?):
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.
Here is the most up-to-date roster of stars confirmed for director Gary Ross' Hunger Games movie:
- District 12 members (and the story’s protagonists) Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson)
- District 11 members Thresh and Rue (Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg)
- District 1 pair Marvel and Glimmer (Jake Quaid and Leven Rambin).
- District 3 male and female representatives (Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott)
- District 4 “career tributes” (Ethan Jamieson and Tara Macken)
- District 5 male "tribute" and Foxface (Chris Mark and Jacqueline Emerson)
- Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth)
- Prim Everdeen (Willow Shields)
- Prim/Katniss’ mother (Paula Malcomson)
- Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks)
As mentioned before: there are still numerous "tribute" roles to be cast and a number of adult character parts that look to be filled by more experienced talent in the future. Per usual, we'll keep you updated.
The Hunger Games is prepped to hit theaters on March 23rd, 2012.