Josh Hutcherson Officially Signs On For The Hunger Games

Josh Hutcherson

Deadline has received a press release announcing that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have officially been cast the in Gary Ross-directed The Hunger Games.

The movie already has Jennifer Lawrence as the female lead Katniss Everdeen.

Josh Hutcherson is probably best known for his role in Zathura and for losing the lead for in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man to Andrew Garfield. Liam Hemsworth is the brother of the actor who is playing Thor in Marvel’s upcoming superhero movie.

Hutcherson will be playing Peeta Mellark, the lead male role who saved Katniss Everdeen when she was starving, while Hemsworth will be playing Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ long time friend. Hutcherson will probably have to dye his hair blonde to be more like the book character.

The film is set to be released on March 23, 2012 and will go in to production later this year.

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