The big news yesterday was the confirmation of Josh Hutcherson in the role of Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale in the upcoming The Hunger Games movie. But while many fans voiced their disappointment at the announcement, those behind the scenes say they are sure they have made the right choice.
In a statement from Lionsgate, director Gary Ross had this to say about the role of Peeta:
“When I read the book, I thought Peeta would be the hardest role to cast, and I feel so lucky that we found someone who embodies every aspect of such a complex character. I can’t wait to work with Josh.”
The Hunger Games author, Suzanne Collins also believes Josh will be pefect in the role.
“I was fortunate enough to be in the room with Gary Ross when Josh came in to audition. Three lines into the read I knew he’d be fantastic. Josh totally captured Peeta’s temperament, his sense of humor and his facility for language. I’m thrilled to have him aboard.”
And as for Liam Hemsworth taking on the challenge of Gale, well The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson says he’s the perfect actor to capture the character.
“Gale is a young man who uses words very sparingly, so the onus was on the actor we cast to capture him by showing, not telling. This was accomplished so beautifully in Suzanne’s writing, and Liam was able to translate it so naturally to the screen. At the same time, Gale’s journey across the three books transforms him, and Liam’s performance left no doubt that he would take us there. ”
Of course the real test will be when we get to finally see the movie. I am more than happy to reserve my judgement and put a bit of faith in the filmmakers that they will do all they can to translate The Hunger Games into an amazing movie.