The list of either newcomers or rising stars that will play "tributes" in the film adaptation of the best-selling dystopian novel, The Hunger Games, continues to grow on a daily basis. Two more adolescent thespians have signed on for the film - and word has leaked out about some of the more noteworthy talents that've been approached to costar in the pic.
First things first: the nameless District 4 "career tributes" (i.e. young people who have trained their whole lives to compete in the titular event) will be played by relative unknowns Ethan Jamieson and Tara Macken.
As noted by Heat Vision, Jamieson's "biggest" role to date was that of "Kid #2" in an episode of One Tree Hill; Macken, on the other hand, has previously worked as a stunt performer on a handful of shows, including Hawaii Five-0. Without revealing any specific spoilers about their respective character's fate in The Hunger Games, it seems safe to say the pair should be fine in the roles.
Once again, for those keeping count, here are the "tribute" roles filled in the Hunger Games movie so far:
- 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)
Vulture is reporting that three big names - Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Lenny Kravitz - have received offers to play supporting roles in The Hunger Games. Harrelson (whose next big screen appearance will be in Friends with Benefits) is said to be in line to portray Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane in the movie. I leave it to fans of the original Hunger Games novel to decided whether or not he seems a proper fit for the role.
There's no word yet on who Tucci or Kravitz could potentially play in the film; all the same, Tucci is one of those great character actors that I'm always up for watching. As for Kravitz - the musical talent's sole live-action role to date was as Nurse John in Precious, and I thought he was quite good in that brief turn, so... sure, I'm down with him joining Hunger Games as well.
The list of supporting roles filled so far for The Hunger Games includes that of Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Prim Everdeen (Willow Shields), Prim/Katniss’ mother (Paula Malcomson), and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). Johny C. Reilly is still rumored for the role of Haymitch Abernathy, but the official word is that he has yet to receive an actual offer for the part.
So there you have it - with a lot of great names either signed on or circling the film, an accomplished screenwriter in the form of Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach, Shattered Glass) penning the script, and a solid director in the form of Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) at the helm, The Hunger Games is looking pretty good to me so far. How about you?
The Hunger Games will arrive in theaters on March 23rd, 2012.