‘Hunger Games’: Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) join in

April 05, 2011 | 11:55 a.m.

Over on 24 Frames, Nicole Sperling has big news for “Hunger Games” fans…

johliam Hunger Games: Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) join in

Josh Hutcherson, left, and Liam Hemsworth. (Los Angeles Times / Getty Images)

“The Hunger Games” has nabbed its boys. Lionsgate announced today that “The Kids Are All Right” star Josh Hutcherson will play opposite Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss as fellow competitor Peeta Mellark while teen heartthrob Liam Hemsworth (“The Last Song”) will take the role of childhood friend/love interest Gale Hawthorne.

The announcement completes the much-anticipated trio that will play the three leads in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling series “The Hunger Games.”

Since the film, to be directed by Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”), has received a slew of comparisons to the “Twilight” franchise, the big question is whether or not these relative unknowns are on the same path to mega-stardom that engulfed Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner when “Twilight” debuted.


Nicole Sperling


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6 Responses to ‘Hunger Games’: Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) join in

  1. Suua P. says:

    I'm soooooo glad that these two got chosen for the roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthrone because of how they reflect from Jennifer as how the story describes the two boys from Katniss's view.

  2. peetaluv says:

    omg! i am litteraly in love with josh! he is a perfect peeta, im still a little wery on liam though. o think they are going to pull it off.

  3. jessie colfer says:

    teeaaamm Peeeettaaa ♥♥♥ :D <3 him :o :) c: PEETA <3 <3

  4. nicole says:

    Ask I have to say about twilight its horrible the acting was horrible stardom for Kristen eww she’s the worst one while we didn’t see much if Liam I have to day I’ve loved josh since he was a little boy doing fire house dog and the bridge to teribitha his talented was shining then and still is you just fall in love goth his character peeta in the books and hr did it in the movie he was perfect and Jennifer made a great katniess finally a female hero great choices

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