If you haven't heard - Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss, Josh Hutcherson is Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth is Gale.
Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss is somewhat old news, and it caused a bit of a stir. See, she's blonde. And 21. But in Movie Land, that's nothing new. When I see some pictures of her, I think it's no wonder people are reacting. They don't exactly scream Katniss. For example:
But I think that's just it. That? Is Jennifer Lawrence. We haven't seen her as Katniss yet. Looks can be changed. Hair can be dyed. In the end - the acting is what matters. A friend reminded me of that, after we had this same sort of discussion. How about these pictures?
They're of Lawrence in Winter's Bone, her Oscar nominated role, which she rightly deserved. I just watched it. She plays an older sister doing whatever she has to in order to protect her family. She gets beaten down, then gets right back up again. Um?
In the same way, I'm really liking Hutcherson as Peeta. Yeah, he needs hair dye too. The thing is, Peeta is innocent and boyish, yet still tough. It's why the world fell in love with him. Hutcherson can be that. I will admit to being a little squeamish about the Hutcherson/Lawrence dynamic because I thought he was a little too young...but actually, he's only 2 years younger than her. So.
And finally, Liam Hemsworth as Gale. First - GO AUSSIE! Sorry, couldn't resist. Secondly, I don't really get the upset about this. He could be darker. Again, hair dye. Movie magic! But I think he definitely has the potential to be Gale. Protective big brother type with a whole lot of anger? Yeah, ok, Hemsworth is only known for being Miley Cyrus's boyfriend. Doesn't mean he can't do this. He hasn't had the chance yet, is all. This might be it.
So, all in all, I'm feeling pretty good about the casting for The Hunger Games. Sure, they don't look like how I imagine the characters - yet. Acting wise though, I think they've got it. I hope it works, I really, really do. I can honestly see it, at least.