With the Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter movies coming to an end soon, we’re looking toward the next big movie franchise. While The Hunger Games has very little in common with either of those two series, it is an incredibly popular young adult series. Even more: I think The Hunger Games can appeal to an even wider age range than the other two.
If you haven’t read the books, the Hunger Games take place in the future, after the downfall of the United States. The government that takes over forces each of the 12 districts to send one boy and one girl into the Hunger Games each year, where they fight to the death. The winning tribute wins honors and food for their district. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to go into the games for her sister and is accompanied by Peeta Mellark from her district. It is a disturbing story, but one that you just can’t stop thinking about after you read it.
The Hunger Games movie is already well-anticipated, but it hasn’t even been cast yet, though there are many casting rumors:
Alex Pettyfer from “I Am Number Four” says that he has been asked to play Peeta Mallark. I’m not sure he is exactly who I was thinking of for the role.
For the role of Katniss, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley have all been considered or have said they want the role.
The Hunger Games movie is set for release in March of 2012. Who would you like to see play Katniss and Peeta?