I am famous for buying books and then not reading them right away. This was the case with both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Finally at the beginning of August 2010, with Mockingjay’s release date looming over me, I picked them up. I was not even 100 pages into The Hunger Games when I pre-ordered Mockingjay from Amazon.
To say I was captivated by the books would be a complete understatement. I couldn’t get them out of my head, during the few weeks I spent waiting for Mockingjay I reread the first two. I kept a list of tribute names, what each district produced, who died in what order, and how many days they were in the arena. I also made a (very crude) hand drawn map of the arena and had covered the pages of the books in tiny post it note flags to mark favorite passages, quotes, or important information. But I was reluctant to seek outside information or discuss them, for some reason wanting to keep them to myself. Time has passed, I recently began checking out websites here or there — movie news is all around, and I find myself wanting to be a part of it. Wanting to speculate on casting, express my opinions on the books, gather as much information as I can, and enjoy every moment of it.
First up, I’ve decided to chatter on about the cast, because I have plenty of opinions.
A note on music – I’d love to see a composer collaborate with 30 Seconds to Mars (much like Trent Reznor and The Social Network). Their music is often stunning and inspiring with a huge yet sometimes haunting sound. Perfect for the series.
Katniss Everdeen – Obviously the lovely Jennifer Lawrence has already been cast, and let me tell you I’m totally on board with this. Is she the Katniss in my head? Certainly not. But to be perfectly honest many of the actresses who kept creeping into my mind for this part weren’t olive skinned or dark haired either. This is not to say there are not several actresses who did physically fit the bill (or in several cases were in their mid-twenties, or some had dark hair and fair skin, or were too tall, it goes on and on). I won’t lie and say I didn’t have a few reservations at first, but from what I’ve seen of Jennifer I believe she will be a great Katniss.
Peeta Mellark – When thinking of an actor to play this most lovable character, I thought immediately of William Moseley or Lucas Grabeel. I have, however, recently seen a few interviews with Hunter Parrish, and let me say, I’m smitten. I am definitely Team Hunter now. (though I would be happy to see Josh Hutcherson in the part, not so happy to see Pettyfer or Hemsworth.) Back to Parrish – he’s charming in interviews (majorly important), his smile is dazzling, and he’s genuinely likeable. His enthusiasm for the project is contagious and I trust he can convincingly play Peeta on his journey through The Hunger Games and the remaining two books.
Haymitch Abernathy – Val Kilmer
Hear me out, Haymitch needs to be someone who once was something. He was strong enough to win his games and has proceeded to drink himself into decay. He’s a drunk, beaten down by years of mentoring tributes and playing his part in the games — but he’s more. He was once something of a looker, he’s strong, smart, capable. Plus let’s face it, they’ve both seen better days. I think Kilmer would be able to convey all of these traits, as well as the range of emotion & character needed.
Gale Hawthorne – Thomas McDonnell
I’ll be honest, I chose him based on looks alone. I saw a commercial for the movie Prom and instantly thought “Gale”
(If Steven Strait were younger he would be my choice for Gale, hands down)
Prim Everdeen – Elle Fanning
She’s a little tall, but just about the right age and right look.
Mrs. Everdeen – Beth Riesgraf
(Parker from Leverage)
She may be a little young, but I think she encapsulates the character well. She’s small and looks frail, with some makeup she could easily portray the sad weary woman Mrs. Everdeen has become. At the same time it wouldn’t be difficult to see her as young and in love or as a strong and determined healer.
Effie Trinket – Anne Hathaway or Leighton Meester
Can’t you just hear either of them saying “And may the odds be ever in your favor!” ??
Cinna – Michael Urie
I adore Cinna, how can you not? Unlike the others, where my head character differs from the actor I may think could portray them, Alec Mapa instantly portrayed Cinna in my head. Unfortunately Mapa is 45 years old and probably not quite for the part, so my alternate is Michael Urie. Urie has a remarkable emotional range and I can absolutely see him having those tender moments with Katniss.
Rue – Jamia Simone Nash – Zendaya Coleman – China Anne McClain
President Snow – Peter Gallagher
I’ve been watching a lot of The O.C. lately and let me tell you, Sandy Cohen is quite intimidating. His newest character in Covert Affairs is more than manipulative & cunning enough to play Snow.
No, he doesn’t fit the description in the book, but neither did the Snow in my head (who was fat, sweaty, and balding)
Mr. Everdeen – Karl Urban
I had a few people who I thought would be a good fit for this character. The first person I thought of was John Stamos, who I ruled out for being too old (but a bonus that he can sing). Next I thought of Christian Kane, who could easily pull of the coal miner look and can sing, but he’s a little too solid (and short). This brought me to Timothy Olyphant who I thought would be perfect, but I have a different character in mind for him. I finally decided on Karl Urban, who I think could easily be the loving provider of the family.
Madge Undersee – Bridgit Mendler
Caesar Flickerman – Greg Kinnear
Claudius Templesmith – Alfonso Ribeiro
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