The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games: Donald Sutherland joins the cast

  • Donald Sutherland has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games".

  • He will play President Snow, the autocratic ruler of Panem who uses the violent Hunger Games as a way to maintain control.



The Hunger Games: Ascencio and Gelman join the cast

  • Nelson Ascencio and Kimiko Gelman have joined the cast of "The Hunger Games".

  • Thet will both play members of Katniss' prep team, Ascencio will be Flavius and Gelman will play the role of Venia.



The Hunger Games: Kravitz and Jones join the cast

  • Lenny Kravitz and Toby Jones have joined the cast of "The Hunger Games".

  • Kravitz will play Cinna, the fashion stylist assigned to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she prepares to take part in the Hunger Games. His stunning and unique designs play an integral role in her performance in the Games.

  • Jones will play the host/narrator of the games alongside Stanley Tucci's character.



The Hunger Games: Woody Harrelson joins the cast

  • Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games", the adaptation of the novel by Suzanne Collins that Gary Ross is directing.

  • He will play the role of Haymitch Abernathy, the mentor of the lead character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who he trains to fight in a televised battle to the death among teen teams.



The Hunger Games: Stanley Tucci joins the cast

  • Stanley Tucci has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games".

  • He will portray Caesar Flickerman, a figure utterly familiar to all the citizens of Panem as the l host of the Hunger Games. Known for his outrageous appearance and buoyant personality, his upbeat interviews of the 24 tributes -- a boy and a girl from each of the country's 12 districts -- are presented on every television in the nation. He is famous for turning any conversation around to the positive and finding humor in even the most dire circumstances.


    Mon May 9, 2011

The Hunger Games: Wes Bentley and four more actors join the cast

  • Wes Bentley has been cast in the role of Seneca Crane in "The Hunger Games".

  • Seneca Crane is the "Head Gamemaker" of the 74th Hunger Games, in which heroine Katniss Everdeen and childhood acquaintance Peeta Mellark are forced to compete against one another and 22 other young people in a life-threatening survival setting after Katniss bravely volunteers herself to enter the arena in the place of her younger sister.

  • Additionally, four more actors have signed on to play tributes in the film. Samuel Tan and Mackenzie Lintz will play District 8 tributes, while Sam Ly and Leigha Hancock have been cast as District 7 tributes.



The Hunger Games: Four more Tributes cast

  • Four more Tributes have been cast for "The Hunger Games".

  • Chris Mark and Jacqueline Emerson will play District 5 Tributes, with Emerson set as Foxface, described as a girl with red hair and a slim face.

  • Ashton Moio and Kara Petersen have signed on to play District 6 Tributes.



The Hunger Games: Jamieson and Macken join the cast

  • Ethan Jamieson and Tara Macken have joined the cast of "Hunger Games".

  • They will play two District 4 tributes, who are a part of the "Careers". The wealthy district is known for its fishing.



The Hunger Games: Paula Malcomson joins the cast

  • Paula Malcomson has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games".

  • She will play Katnis' and Prim's mother.



The Hunger Games: Three more join the cast

  • Willow Shields ("In Plain Sight") has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games".

  • She will play Katniss' younger sister, Primrose Everdeen, called Prim in the books.

  • Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin have been cast as District 1 Tributes, Marvel and Glimmer.



The Hunger Games: Okeniyi, Stenberg join the cast, Banks in talks

  • Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg have joined the cast of "The Hunger Games", as Thresh and Rue.

  • Elizabeth Banks is in talks to play Effie Trinket, a pink-haired showbiz type who becomes the handler of Katniss.


The Hunger Games: Hutcherson and Hemsworth to star

  • Lionsgate and the filmmakers of The Hunger Games have announced that actor Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids are All Right") has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth ("The Last Song") joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' worldwide smash hit novel.

    Both actors will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, who it was recently announced will play heroine Katniss Everdeen.


  • Peeta accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem. At the outset of the Games, Peeta publicly confesses his longtime feelings for Katniss, setting up one of the most fascinating fictional rapports of all time with his supposed arena rival.

  • Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words. When Katniss volunteers to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games in her younger sister's stead, they both presume that bond will carry her far through the horrors she will face in the arena, and they each silently hope they'll be reunited in safety on the other side of the ordeal.

    Mon April 4, 2011 | Source: Lionsgate

The Hunger Games: Gary Ross in talks to direct

  • Gary Ross is in early talks to direct  the first installment of Suzanne Collins' novel trilogy "The Hunger Games".

  • Billy Ray wrote the script, rewriting a draft by Collins.

  • Filming is scheduled to start next year.


    Tue September 14, 2010 | Source: Deadline

The Hunger Games: Lionsgate acquires worldwide distribution rights
Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film version of Suzanne Collins' best selling futuristic young adult novel The Hunger Games. Collins will adapt the screenplay from her novel, the first in a trilogy. Nina Jacobson is producing through her Color Force shingle. The announcement was made by Joe Drake, Lionsgate President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer.

"The Hunger Games" was published by Scholastic last year, and has been singled out for raves by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. The trilogy's eagerly anticipated second installment, "Catching Fire," is due out September 1, 2009.

Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production, Alli Shearmur, will oversee the production for the studio, along with Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production, Jim Miller.

Said Shearmur, "THE HUNGER GAMES is an incredible property and it is a thrill to bring it home to Lionsgate. This is the exactly the kind of movie I came to Lionsgate to make: youthful, exciting, smart and edgy. We are looking forward to working with Nina and Suzanne to create a movie that satisfies audiences' hunger for high-quality entertainment."

Said Jacobson, "I am thrilled to have Lionsgate as a partner in THE HUNGER GAMES.
The suspense of THE HUNGER GAMES is heightened by its spirit of moral inquiry, and Suzanne has entrusted Lionsgate and me to bring that moral perspective to the adaptation a charge we fully intend to honor."


The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Miller and Robert Melnik, Lionsgate Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs; and by Jason Dravis of Monteiro/Rose/Dravis, on behalf of Collins and Color Force.


In The Hunger Games, a dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.

Since its publication in September 2008, Suzanne Collins's award-winning novel "The Hunger Games" has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for 25 consecutive weeks to date, and rights for 32 foreign-language editions have been licensed. "The Hunger Games" won the 2008-9 Cybils Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2008; a 2008 Horn Book Fanfare Book; a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008; a School Library Journal Best Book of 2008; a 2008 Booklist Editors' Choice; a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; and a Kirkus Best Book of 2008.
    Wed March 18, 2009 | Source: Lionsgate