Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are Peeta and Gale in THE HUNGER GAMES Movie

The Hunger Games movie has found its Peeta and Gale. Lionsgate announced today that Josh Hutcherson (The Kids are All Right) has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) will play Gale Hawthorne. They will star alongside Jennifer Lawrence, who is heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Just to clarify, in the above picture, Josh (Peeta) is on the left and Liam (Gale) is on the right.

The Hunger Game fans on Twitter seemed to have a mixed reaction to today’s news. Much of the criticism has to do with how old the actors are (Josh is 18, Liam is 21) and that they don’t necessarily look like the characters in the books. In The Hunger Games, Gale is described as having black hair, olive skin, gray eyes, and being very tall. Peeta is shorter and stockier than Gale, with blue eyes and blond hair.

I’m trying to keep an open mind about all The Hunger Games casting news because I’m really not familiar with any of these actors. Though, I gotta admit it’s hard! Liam Hemsworth is only 21, but in some pictures I’ve seen he looks much older. Anyway, I think the important thing is that Josh and Liam have chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence, and we won’t be able to judge that until we see the final product.

What do you think of the Peeta and Gale casting news? Do you think Josh and Liam can pull off these roles?

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  • Sandie

    I honestly wish the casting had been reversed. Liam as Peeta and Josh as Gale. I’m not sure I see Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, so it’s kind of disappointing since he was my favorite in the books. I guess I just have to hope that the movie will surprise me.

    I don’t really mind their age especially since Jennifer Lawrence is 20, they couldn’t take guys that looked younger than her, it would have been weird.

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I am looking forward to the first trailer, which I think will give us a better indication of what the movie will be like. I have been pleasantly surprised before when I didn’t think something would work out, so I’m keeping an open mind and rooting for the movie to be good.

    • Crazymonkey2165

      I totally agree. I think the movie will be good but will never meet up to our expectations and will never live up to the book. But then again what movie ever has?