According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gary Ross, director of The Hunger Games, has screen-tested actors with lead Jennifer Lawrence today. The testing was for the main male roles, Peeta and Gale. Both play Katniss’s (Lawrence) love interests in the story. Here’s the list of contenders:
Testing for the Peeta role is taking place today:
Josh Hutcherson (pictured, right): A Hollywood vet at 18 years old, he starred with Brendan Fraser in Journey to the Center of the Earth and toplines the sequel later this year. He established indie cred last year by appearing in the critical hit The Kids Are All Right. (ICM, The Beddingfield Company)
Alexander Ludwig : the 19-year old Canadian starred in 2009’s Escape to Witch Mountain as well as 2007’s The Seeker: The Dark is Rising. (ICM)
Hunter Parish : the 23-year old starred in Broadway’s Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening and now is one of the stars of Showtime’s Weeds. (WME, Management 360)
Lukas Till : The 20-year old is having quite a year: He is currently on screen in Battle: Los Angeles and plays Havok in May’s X-Men: First Class. (APA, Luber Roklin Entertainment)
Evan Peters (bottom left corner, above): The 24-year old may be best known to the geek-set for playing one of Aaron Johnson’s best friends in Kick-Ass. He recurred on a recent season of One Tree Hill and has been working plenty in TV, with recent credits including The Office, The Mentalist and Parenthood. (Gersh, Luber Rokin Entertainment)
For Gale, sources say the list includes, but is not limited to:
Liam Hemsworth, who is best known for starring opposite Miley Cyrus in The Last Song.
David Henrie — One of the stars of Wizards of Waverly Place and a regular on How I Met Your Mother. Set to star in the CBS pilot for The Assistants.
Robbie Amell –starred as Fred in the recent straight-to-DVD Scooby Doo! movies and was one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP.
Drew Roy, a Disney Channel and ABC Family actor (Hannah Montana, Greek) who is one of the stars of TNT’s high-profile sci-fi series Falling Skies.
All this information is from insiders, and has not officially been confirmed by Lionsgate. However, THR is a reliable source, and this list makes perfect sense. Also, it looks like we may be hearing an official announcement soon on who will be cast in the coveted roles of Peeta and Gale! This makes us so excited!
Who are you guys hoping for? We’re rooting for either Hunter Parrish or Josh Hutcherson for Peeta and Drew Roy for Gale.