Rumor has it that The Kids Are All Right's Josh Hutcherson and The Last Song's Liam Hemsworth are the frontrunners to star alongside Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games movie. Hutcherson — in the middle of the image above — would play Peeta Mellark; Miley Cyrus's on-again off-again boyfriend Hemsworth, on the right, would take the role of Gale Hawthorne.
In the books, Peeta is described as being medium height, stocky build, with "ashy blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead" and blue eyes. Gale is supposed to be over six feet tall with black hair, olive skin, and gray eyes.
Whether or not any of these people can live up to the expectations of millions of fans remains to be seen. Hutcherson, to his credit, has actually read the books, and says: "I love Peeta… The character is so much who I am-self deprecating, a people person. And he'd be such a great character to play! Like in the third book? Oh my God."
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