Monday, August 29, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie


The New Twilight? 

For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past eight to ten months, The Hunger Games trilogy was picked up by Lionsgate, casted, the first book has been filmed, and is now beginning to be promoted starting with the first trailer premiering last night during the MTVs VMAs.  With the Twilight saga coming to an end this November some are saying it will be the “next twilight”.  With the movie coming out in March 2012 here’s what you need to know:

About the Story

The Hunger Games is a story of a girl named Katniss Everdeen who grew up in district 12 of the dystopian, post apocalyptic society in the runes of North America.  Katniss is the protector and provider of her household and has been ever since her dad was killed.  She and her best friend, Gale Hawthorne, who too is the head of his home, go out to hunt, gather, and do black market trades every day to make sure their families aren’t among the ones starving.    Katniss would do absolutely anything to keep her younger sister, Prim, safe and that’s exactly what she does when she takes Prim’s place as the girl tribute from district 12 for The Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games are an annual event in which each district must drawl two names, a boy and a girl, starting at the age of 12, to be brought to the capital and put in the cornucopia to fight until death.  The last one alive wins and gets to return home with better means of living.  If things couldn’t get any worse, the boy tribute is Peeta Mellark.  The last person she’d want to kill is the boy with the bread.     

Characters

Katniss Everdeen, the heroin of The Hunger Games will be played by Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawerance.  You may know her as Mystique from X-Men: First Class, Winter’s Bone, or the Beaver.
 
Peeta Mellark, the male contender from district 12 will be played by fellow Kentuckian, Josh Hutcherson.  Josh has been in The Polar Express, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and The Kids are alright.     

Gale Hawthorne is played by Liam Hemsworth, mostly known for his work in The Last Song, is the younger brother of Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, and on and off boyfriend of Miley Cyrus. 

Elizabeth Banks will be playing Effie Trinket, is the manager type escort of Katniss and Peeta to the capital.  You may know her from the Spider Man movies, the 40 Year Old Virgin, Scrubs, etc.  
 
Woody Harrelson is picked to play Haymitch, the only surviving district 12 tribute from 24 years ago who is now a drunken mess for the coach of Katniss and Peeta.  He’s known for being in the early 90’s hit show Cheers and the movies No Country for Old Men, 2012, and Friends With Benefits.  

Rocker Lenny Kravitz will be playing the beloved Cinna, Katniss’s stylist in the capitol.  Although he is mostly known for his music, he has made appearances in shows, such as Glee and Dancing with the Stars, and movies such as Bad Boys II.  He is also the father of X-Men: First Class’s Zoey Kravitz. 

Little Rue will be played Amandla Stenberg.  Rue is the District 11 tribute that reminds Katniss painfully of Prim and the team up.  Other than the new movie Columbiana this is Amandla’s first big movie. 

Willow Shields will be playing Primrose Everdeen (Prim), Katniss’s 12 year old sister and who’s place Katniss takes in the Hunger Games. She’s been in the TV Show In Plain Sight.

About the Movie

The Hunger Games has been filmed in Asheville, NC instead of creating a fake Appalachian setting in Hollywood.  The three books will be converted into four movies instead of three.
 So have you guys read the books? Are you excited about the movie?  What do you think of the casting?  Do you think that  The Hunger Games will be the next twilight? Better? Not as good?  Let us know & remember may the odds be ever in your favor.

-M
I got my information for E Weekly mag, IMDB.com and The Hunger Games trilogy.

4 comments:

Sara R. said...

Thanks for posting this!!!! I can't wait to see it!

Jordan Butcher said...

Hey Sara,
What did you think about the trailer? I'll be honest, I haven't read the books yet but after seeing that, I'm flippin pumped to read it and see the movie!

Sara R. said...

It looks good! I can't wait to see it. I read about the movie in Entertainment weekly.Looks so good. Love who they are choosing to play each character I read the books and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED them! I recommend them to everyone who asks me for book ideas. The first one is under $5 on Kindle. So good. Up there with Harry Potter on my all time favorite books list. You have to read it!

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