The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Haven’t read it yet? Set aside an hour, and do so immediately. (No, really.) You will devour it, and it will be total YA, post-apocalyptic deliciousness. Trust me.
Read it? Fantastic. I can now assume that you’ve spent every spare second since the news was announced unhealthily obsessing over casting for the upcoming movie, like me and the rest of the world.
For the sake of The Shub, I’ve spent the past few weeks tearing through the young (and slightly older) Hollywood wilderness to find my dream casting list for The Hunger Games. I welcome any and all vehement disagreements and fervent endorsements via the twitternet (@fangirlshub) or the comments below.
Okay, here goes:
Full disclosure: I met Saiorse at a cocktail event for Hanna a few months ago, and she may or may not have charmed the pants off of me. Personal smittenness aside, however, Saiorse’s acting experience certainly fits the HG bill: For Hanna, she did intensive, physical combat training to play a character that was essentially a teenage assassin who lived in the wilderness while being mentored by a renegade, morally shady father figure. For reals.
I talk to a lot of teen girls in my day job, and one of the most striking things about Saiorse is that, up close, she has the face of a 14-year-old (she’s actually 16), and when she speaks, she has the verging-on-disarming seriousness of a 40-year-old. She’s one of the few actresses whose names have been thrown around that I really believe could bring the right amount of emotional layering to the role.
Saiorse = kick ass, Katniss = kick ass, Sairose + Katniss = SO MUCH KICKASSNESS.
Fine, I’m not sure that drunk, dirty, and belligerent come to mind when I think of Bana, but I do think him and Saiorse have such amazing chemistry that I pretty much want them to be in every movie together, always. And very importantly, if he grew his hair out, I’m completely convinced Bana could pull out an awesome Viggo-as-Aragorn for Haymitch.
Haymitch as a tall, long haired, drunk, Irish Jedi master? I know you want to see that as badly as I do.
Rockwell is a pro at portraying dark, vaguely comedic characters that wobble on the brink of a complete, psychotic meltdown. This includes the greatest role of his career, of course: Zaphod Beeblebrox from Hitchhiker’s Guide. He also would look just the right amount of incredibly creepy with white hair and white eyebrows.
The second Cinna was introduced in this book, Cillian Murphy’s face popped up in my brain and I couldn’t get it out of my head throughout the entire series. For the sake of this explanation, I will pretend that it was for a reason other than the fact that I probably subconsciously recognized that their names are really similar. Or should I say cimilar.
My wanting Murphy for the role of Cinna honestly doesn’t have much to with the other stuff I’ve seen him in (though, the dude certainly has the acting chops). It’s more because he really just feels like Cinna to me. Murphy tends to be cast in villain-type-roles and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that his face and voice are this eerie—almost uncomfortable—mix of extremely delicate, incredibly intense, and a little off-kilter. Adding a ton of warmth to the character, his usual shtick would really work.
And most importantly, as was demonstrated in Breakfast on Pluto, he looks really good in makeup. REALLY good.
Even if you aren’t obsessed with the Vampire Diaries (side note: and you really should be), you gotta admit this guy is made to wear all sorts of leather and eyeliner.
I’m not married to this choice, but physically,
Billy Elliot Jamie Bell fits the bill for me. And he’s a good little actor. But could be too old? Thoughts?
I’ve thought long and hard about this one, and I’ve decided there are no dark-haired, angry dudes in Hollywood (that are young enough) that I’m really excited about right now. I’m rooting for some smoldery-eyed unknown.
She actually is Effie. In real life. The end.