I’ve never seen a flick with as many casting announcements and rumors as The Hunger Games, Gary Ross’ adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins novel. If the film keeps up this sort of momentum, we’re gonna see perspective gaffer names being tossed around soon.
The latest bit of casting news is that Woody Harrelson – who played the memorable role of Tallahassee in Zombieland – has landed of part of Haymitch Abernathy, who mentors and trains Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) for the title event. Considering this film is a franchise starter for the studio, I wonder if Harrelson’s character lives through the series (which is a trilogy), as he recently said that he “[doesn’t] feel like a sequels guy” when asked about the possibility of Zombieland 2.
Other recently announced additions to the cast include Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. The Hunger Games hits theatres on March 23, 2012.
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