The Hunger Games film now in full pre-production, Lionsgate is keeping tight-lipped on potential Katniss's, Prims, and Peetas.
With just about all of young Hollywood interested in snagging a part in this film, Twilight casting director Debra Zane will certainly have her work cut out for her. Clearly with the high level of interest, Lionsgate should have no problem attracting as many A-listers as they want. However, both director, Gary Ross, and producer, Nina Jacobson, have said that they’re considering casting unknown actors in the lead roles. Lionsgate’s president of motion picture production, Allie Shearmur, said their biggest challenge will be casting “the people you imagined [as the characters] but not the ones you expected." It'll be interesting to see which way casting goes with red-hot actors like Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld now in the frame.
The casting brief for Katniss says she should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, able to portray someone “underfed but strong,” and “naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.”
Shooting is currently scheduled to start in May 2011 and the main location is likely to be North Carolina.
The Hunger Games film synopsis:
In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.