'The Hunger Games' Movie: Haymitch is Cast!
We here at Armchair Commentary have been closely watching the casting of The Hunger Games, the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestseller (which is as addictive as Twilight but much more guiltless). We've been waiting for the last piece of the main cast to be announced, and today it's here: Woody Harrelson will play Haymitch Abernathy, mentor and former champion of the Hunger Games, who is simultaneously cranky, kind, and drunk throughout the book. (Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Laurie had been mentioned in various fan polls as Haymitch possibilities)
So that rounds out most of the primary characters. Here's a rundown of who is who:
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence): The Oscar-nominated Lawrence (Winter's Bone, the upcoming X-Men: First Class) will play Katniss, who volunteers to take her sister's place in the Hunger Games, an annual fight-to-the-death tournament among teenagers in a dystopian future, organized by the oppressive government as a punishment for attempting a past uprising.
Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth): The star of The Last Song (with Miley Cyrus, also his offscreen ex) and brother of Thor Chris Hemsworth will play Katniss' best friend, who becomes part of her love triangle.
Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson): Hutcherson (The Kids are All Right, Bridge to Terabithia) is the gentle baker who becomes Katniss' fellow District 12 representative in Hunger Games, as well as her love interest.
Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks): Banks plays Effie, the escort of the District 12 tributes, serving as publicist and spin doctor.
Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley): Bentley (American Beauty) will play the head Gamemaker, who designs the Hunger Games for maximum entertainment and bloody thrills.
Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci): The smooth TV personality interviews Katniss and the other tributes on air, coaching the tributes to their most positive public image.
Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields) and Mrs. Everdeen (Paula Malcomson): Playing Katniss' young sister Prim is Willow Shields, a newcomer, while Malcomson, who'll play their mother, has appeared in Caprica, Sons of Anarchy, and The Event.
The rest of the tributes, including Glimmer and Foxface, have been cast with relative unknowns. You can find the full gallery of who's officially in at EW.com. What do you think of the cast so far? And who do you think should play the flamboyant costume designer, Cinna? --Ellen