At first Woody Harrelson was said to be up for the villain role of Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane in "The Hunger Games" film adaptation...And then came word that Wes Bentley (P2, Ghost Rider, American Beauty) got the part....
John C. Reilly was circling the part of drunk, yet endearing mentor Haymitch now though Harrelson is set to play Haymitch Abernathy in the pic says THR
The project is based on the Suzanne Collins novel series which have developed a major following across all age groups and is said to potentially be the 'next Twilight'.
The story involves a young love triangle playing out against a dystopian future where North America has been divided into twelve oppressed districts, each of which is forced to send tribute in the form of a boy and a girl to compete in a televised battle to the death once a year.
In the book, Abernathy is the only person from District 12 to win the games.The great Stanley Tucci will play the ebullient and relentlessly upbeat Flickerman, host of the Games according to Deadline
Meanwhile pivotal District 2 tributes, Cato and Clove have also been found. Cato will be played by "Race to Witch Mountain's" Alexander Ludwig, and Orphan's creepy girl Isabelle Fuhrman is Clove.
In the novel, District 2 is among the better fed and most powerful of the districts; the pair prove to be the main obstacles for Katniss and Peeta during the games.
Jeremy Marinas and Dakota Hood have also just been announced as the District 10 Tributes
With these latest casting announcements--all major roles have been filled in the districts...Finally
Jennifer Lawrence is set to play heroine Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson plays Peeta Mellark Liam Hemsworth also stars as the other male lead Gale Hawthorne; Elizabeth Banks will play Effie Trinket; Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi are set to play the characters of Rue and Thresh; Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin play District 1 tributes Marvel and Glimmer; Willow Shields will play Prim Everdeen; Paula Malcomson is Mama Everdeen; Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott are playng Tributes from District 3. Ashton Moio and Kara Petersen are playing tributes from District 6. While Samuel Tan and Makenzie Lintz occupy District 8; Sam Ly and Leigha Hancock appear as District 7 Tributes; Imanol Yepez-Frias and Annie Thurman inhabit District 9
Collins adapted her own book into script form which Billy Ray has re-written. Gary Ross will call action.
The film is due out March 23rd, 2012