Like all fans of this incredible trilogy, I've been anxiously watching the casting process for The Hunger Games film adaptation, set to hit theatres March 23, 2012. As of yesterday, the new trinity of teen films has been cast -- Katniss, Gale and Peeta. Check it out:
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss:
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta:
Liam Hemsworth as Gale:
Honestly, I'm sad. First of all, it makes no sense to me for Josh to be Peeta (hi, blond hair) and Liam to be Gale (hi, brunette), rather than the other way around -- to the point that I thought I read the announcement wrong. Aside from that, none of the actors really fit my idea of the characters. I was really rooting for Hailee Steinfeld as Katniss -- she has the perfect look, and we know from True Grit that she has the attitude. Gale also looks and acts more like Ben Barnes in my head (as do all tall, dark and handsome leading men these days. Pretty sure this is Julie Kagawa's fault.) And, well, I could actually see Liam as Peeta.
But I guess none of that really matters since I've given up on film adaptations of my favorite books -- and The Hunger Games is my all-time favorite, so it's definitely out.
What do you guys think of the casting decisions? Are you excited for the film? Wary?