Alex Pettyfer and Josh Hutcherson Both Up for 'The Hunger Games'
by Ethan Anderton
March 14, 2011
We've just heard that Jennifer Lawrence is the likely candidate to take on the lead role in the anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, but fans are still eager to hear who will play the lead male love interest role of Peeta. Well, a couple of names have surfaced over the past week with Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) have already had meetings about taking the role, but it sounds like there's likely just as many names in contention as there were for the role of Katniss Everdeen. Pettyfer hasn't read a script, but has met with producers, while Hutcherson may be in deeper.
Pettyfer recently confirmed to Access Hollywood that he is indeed in the running to play Peeta saying, "Yes, but undecided yet, still [waiting] to see a script.” However, Hutcherson told EW that he's already read an earlier version of the script and has even met with director Gary Ross. However, the young actor says, "But they’re meeting a lot of people right now. One can only dream.” And dream he does, as the actor talked about the character, "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.” Spoilers were said, but EW held back so as not to ruin the books or the potential film series.
Personally, I find Hutcherson's talents to be a little more impressive. I Am Number Four saw Pettyfer as a somewhat wooden protagonist whereas The Kids Are All Right really showed Hutcherson's comfort in front of the camera in both comedy and drama. The fact that Hutcherson isn't blonde shouldn't deter anyone. It's called hair dye. Of course we still don't know the other names in contention for the role either. As of now, it's probably anyone's guess as to who might take the role, but The Hunger Games adaptation is quickly becoming one of the most talked about projects right now. Stay tuned. Who do you think should play Peeta?