I’m finding it incredibly hard keeping up with the casting of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, which is why I’ve opted to only report on “big name” additions.
This morning Lionsgate announced that P2, Ghost Rider and American Beauty star Wes Bentley has landed the role of “Seneca Crane” in the much anticipated Gary Ross-directed adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel originally described as Battle Royale meets Running Man (before turning into a Twilight-esque film).
Bentley joins a cast of talented young actors – Jennifer Lawrence as series heroine Katniss Everdeen with Willow Shields as little sister Primrose, and Josh Hutcherson, who was cast as Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth in the role of Gale Hawthorne. Paula Malcomson will be playing Katniss and Primrose’s mother. It was also announced that Elizabeth Banks has signed on for the part of Katniss’ pre-games handler Effie Trinket.
The pic, in theaters March 23, 2012, is set in post-apocalyptic America, Hunger Games introduces 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen, who must participate in a fight-to-the-death annual event called the Hunger Games. The battles are televised, and pit youths from each of the Capitol’s 12 Districts against each other.