The Hunger Games Won't Feel the Wrath of the Titans
03.16.11 by Ryan
Despite director Gary Ross only starting the casting process for his upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games, Warner Bros. has no plans to compete with the movie, based on the first of a trilogy of best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins.
Box Office Mojo reports that the studio has has moved the upcoming Wrath of the Titans — the sequel to last year's Clash of the Titans that is currently in production — from its previously shared release date of March 23, 2012, to a week later, opening instead on March 30, 2012. That leaves that The Hunger Games currently alone on the March 23 weekend.
Last week, Ross and Lionsgate seemed to close in on Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress Oscar nominee for Winter's Bone) for his pick for the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, which had over 30 actresses in contention. Lawrence has yet to be confirmed for the role.
Once the part is locked, Ross will look to fill the other roles that fill the 12 districts of Collins' dystopian future world. One such part is Peeta, a role that Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) told Entertainment Weekly that he has met with Ross about playing the part.
I love Peeta. The character is so much who I am—self deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play! Like in the third book? Oh my God. But they’re meeting a lot of people right now. One can only dream.
Liam Hemsworth has also expressed interest in the part, while Alex Pettyer (I Am Number Four) recently admitted to Access Hollywood that he met with the movie's producers over the role, but is "undecided yet" and is "[waiting] to see a script."
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