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Lionsgate has added two more names to the cast of their sci-fi/would-be trilogy “The Hunger Games”, with Gary Ross set to direct, and Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson starring as District 12’s tributes.
Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg have joined the cast, with Okeniyi playing Thresh, and Stenberg playing Rue, the tributes from District 11.
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In a not-too-distant future, North 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. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
Meanwhile, reports have Elizabeth Banks in talks to join the heavily young cast as Effie Trinket, who is described as “a pink-haired showbiz type who becomes the handler of Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence.”