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Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth Cast As Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games!' Are You As Bummed As I Am?

Mon, April 4, 2011 2:50pm EDT by 30 Comments

Tell us what YOU think of this casting: Do you think Josh & Liam are perfect matches, or total misses?

Like all fans of The Hunger Games series, the staff has been speculating for weeks about which actors will snag the coveted male lead roles, alongside previously announced star Jennifer Lawrence. Well, my friends, the wait is finally over — and I couldn’t be more disappointed! is reporting that Josh Hutcherson has been cast as Peeta, who fights alongside Katniss in the games, while Liam Hemsworth will play her best friend from home, Gale.

Honestly, I’m giving this casting a big ol’ thumbs down.

Even though both actors were included in our list of potential actors for the roles, I had my heart set on some very different faces. Hunter Parrish would have made a perfect Peeta, and judging by his overwhelming victory in our poll, I’m not the only one who thinks so. As for Gale, David Henrie and Logan Lerman both demolished Liam in our poll (Liam ended up with two percent of the votes.)

But regardless of how I feel about these particular actors, I’m going to try to remain excited for the movie — as we all should. It’s a great story, and we’re just going to have to leave things in director Gary Ross‘ more-than-capable hands.

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