Saturday, April 9, 2011

'H' is for...sorry, distracted by Peeta Mellark

Yes, 'H' is for Hunger Games. I'll wait while the shock wears off.

Casting news wall-papered the Web this week. Some shed tears, others cockadoodled with joy. I don't know Mr. Hemsworth very well, but darken his features and he looks the part of the rugged-best-friend-who-waited-too-long-sorry-bout-your-love-I-love-Peeta.

But Josh Hutcherson? I saw Bridge to Terabithia (a must-read, if not a must-watch), Journey to the Center of the Earth (sorry Brendan Frasier, you were much better in Bedazzled and Blast from the Past), and RV (groan...just groan). But my foggy memory tells me Josh was very, very young in those movies. Like, too young to even consider as the new love of my life. So, I hopped over to IMDB, which I can't live without, and found he's grown up a bit. With sun-kissed skin, bleached hair, and the brightest, sky-colored contacts you can find, could this face be your Peeta? Hmmm...for me?


Look at that smile, the strong line of his jaw. He could paint a flower on my skin or bake me up the yummiest bread on the planet anytime. He'll need to beef up a bit (call Taylor Lautner's personal trainer; seems to do a good job), but I'm game. Agree? Disagree?

But there's so many more characters! Effie, Prim, RUE, CINNA. If Stanley Tucci doesn't play Cinna, I'll be a bit sad. My cuz and first reader said 'absolutely not' to that suggestion. 'I always imagined Cinna as a very handsome man.' Okay, but hear me out. Patient, soft-spoken, quiet strength, and remember him sitting in the crowd and moving his finger in a circle to tell Katniss to twirl? That is Stanley Tucci. But I read a probably completely unfounded rumor that Ewan McGregor could be Cinna. Handsome? Check. If you don't think so, go watch Moulin Rouge.

Well, watch it anyway, but...yeah, back to The Hunger Games.

Which casting decision are you watching? Who would be your pick? Your thoughts on the choices for Peeta and Gale? How about Katniss? Where can I get a Mockingjoy pin? :)



Siv Maria said...

Never heard of the hunger games, but on my way to IMDB to check it out. I also live on that site :)

Meika said...

Ahh. The debates my fiancee and I have had over the casting of this movie. I'm somewhat satisfied with the choices so far. Hemsworth, I can definitely see Gale in him. Jennifer was really good in Winter's Bone. Should make a good Katniss. But Josh as Peeta? I'm having a hard time imagining it.

I haven't the faintest idea who should be Cinna, but I have a couple ideas for other roles. Haymitch? HAS to be Hugh Laurie. For me, there's no one else. Effie is SO Kristin Chenowith. And Prim is definitely Elle Fanning (is she too old now?)

I'm excited/nervous about this movie.

Also, I'm doing a Hunger Games post for the letter K :)

Michelle M. said...

Loved the Hunger Games, but so not sure if I'll watch the movie. It seems that most movies based on books disappoint to the nth degree. I agree that Hugh Laurie would be a perfect Haymitch (based on his House character). For some reason I see Cinna younger than Stanley Tucci. Anyway, loved the post. I'm visiting via the A to Z blogging challenge.

Dafeenah said...

Never heard of Hunger Games. Although usually I tend to be a few years behind on movies anyways. Will have to check this one out. Thanks!

Alexis Bass Writes said...

I heart this post :) Your reaction was quite similar to mine. Apparently Josh is this AMAZING actor who's going to transform into Peeta once on screen. I'm starting to have faith.

And I would also love Stanley Tucci as Cinna :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Never read the books, so no idea. But the female lead is a good actress.

Matthew Vanacore said...

The Hunger Games is such fascinating storytelling with its odes to Greek Mythology and contemporary political phenomena.

I've not been to a keen a follower of the casting, but I'm absolutely fine with the announcements of Hutcherson and Hemsworth for Peeta and Gale, respectively. Both actors are both "hungry" for formidable work, and I'm confident they'll lend great depth to their performances.

Nice blog! I'm following!

Alison Miller said...

I love the choice made for Katniss, but they BETTER pick someone perfect for Peeta. Could care less about Gale (sorry). Ewan McGregor for Cinna - awesome.

Cannot wait for Hunger Games movie. I might actually see a midnight premiere for this one.

New follower from A-Z! Nice to meet you!

Tim Riley said...

Huge fan of The Hunger Games. Read it with my 8th grade students this year, and it was a blast to see kids who say they hate reading fall in love with this book.

I like Jennifer Lawrence-loved her in Winter's Bone, but I think she's too old for Katniss. I was disappointed Hailee Steinfeld didn't get the part.

New follower through A-Z.

nutschell said...

WHaat? They've cast him as Peeta? wow, I never saw that coming. Last year, I made my own dream cast for hunger games
So far, I haven't hit the mark! I wonder who they'll cast for Gale.