Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth Officially Cast in Hunger Games

Lionsgate has officially added Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth (little brother of Chris Hemsworth, the new “Thor”) to the cast of Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games”, his big-screen adaptation of the Suzanne Collins young adult novels. Hutcherson will play Peeta Mellark, and Hemsworth will play Gale Hawthorne in the first of a planned trilogy set in the future.

About their characters:

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.

Plot of “The Hunger Games”:

“The Hunger Games” chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and 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.

The games begin March 23, 2012, and will star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead.