EW's New First Look Cover at Peeta and Gale in 'The Hunger Games'

July 27, 2011

The Hunger Games

This one's for the ladies! Entertainment Weekly has just unveiled their new cover for The Hunger Games that features the two male leads who all the female fans are supposed to swoon over. On the left is Liam Hemsworth, young brother of Chris (Thor), as Gale Hawthorne from Katniss' own District 12; on the right is Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, also from District 12. EW also unveiled the first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in May. "I think it's going to blow people's minds when they see that Peeta and Gale are actually best friends in real life," Hutcherson tells EW. How spicy! Check out the full-size cover shot below.

EW Hunger Games - Gale and Peeta

The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins' popular series of novels, is about a girl living a dystopian future who joins a survival contest, known as the Hunger Games, to save her community. Directing the big screen adaptation is Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) who also wrote the screenplay. In addition to both Hemsworth and Hutcherson, the cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and even Donald Sutherland. Lionsgate will be releasing The Hunger Games in theaters on March 23rd, 2012 early next year. We just saw that first poster - hopefully a trailer soon, too?

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  • Now that I have read at least the first book in the series I can say I am not sure I like the casting.
    • equustel
      I've read all 3 and I love the casting. It's tough when adapting any book series, though, because everyone has their own mental image of the characters...
      • Yeah I can see that I am sure how I see the characters is nothing like how you do. Either way I just hope the movie is good.
  • They look way too old... Peeta is supposed to be 16 and the son of a baker... he looks 25.
    • Katiemclady
      and yet, the actor is only about 18 or 19, so...
      • cast to looks. He looks 25 and he also doesn't look the part of a chef's son... The idea in the book is that he doesn't look like he could handle himself and to a point, he can't. That's not how he looks. But I probably wont' see the films as I didn't really like the 2nd book much and I hated the 3rd.
        • Steven H.
          I would've said he looks 19-20.. and he could easily be made to look much younger, that happens in every movie. How do you look like the son of a baker?
        • equustel
          The article states that Hutcherson (Peeta) worked out a bit so he could believably look like he'd carried around huge sacks of flour for most of his childhood. I agree with the poster below: is there really a certain "look" for a baker's son? In the book, Collins describes Peeta as somewhat stocky in build, and Hutcherson looks exactly that.
    • Emma
      Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta) is actually only around 18, I think. I'm actually surprised with how much I like this first picture of these two.  I hated the casting when I first heard about it, but they look pretty good (for how I imagined the characters).
      • that's great. So you pictured a 16 year old chef as a 25 year old ripped guy... Cool.
        • Gerstein Musmanno
          I'm sorry but...ripped? Plus, this physique could be from after he is trained and fed in preparation for the games, which plumps him up a bit. I respect your opinion but you're the only one who thinks he looks even close to 25 and you're bashing the entire rest of this forum into agreeing.  Chill out.
          • Nah you just read way too much into things. I'm chill, I don't give a flying fuck what anyone thinks because as I said, I think the book series starts strong and by the end it's down right terrible. I'll probably see this on DVD.  The cast isn't even that good. 
          • Gerstein Musmanno
            What do I read too much into? That an 18 year old simply won't look like a 25 year old?  You're definitely right about the books, though. Also, in response to you and others, who else would you all have cast? Except for Alex Pettyfer who THANK GOD wasn't selected (I can't stand bratty, selfish, rude overnight stars like him) these are some of the biggest and most talented names in this age group.
  • fem!anon
    Bah. I am not sold. I WANT to like them, but... I don't find either attractive, which is such a shame 😡 But, we'll see. I'm still pretty excited for the movie :)
  • Pinoi21
    i dont knwo all i say is that i hope it doesnt turn out to be another percy jackson. they screwed over the book.
  • Hey Alex, this isn't only for the ladies! I'm totally loving it too! 
  • Moviekid
    The trailers probably coming with either Conan the Barbarian or Abduction. Abduction would make the most since because of the teen appeal.
  • Chad
    The blond guy looks like a douche.
  • Kinto
    will never touch Battle Royale.
  • Steve
    Looks like Brad from Home Improvement. 
  • Karabobie
    i like the guy who plays peeta.. he should be good.. but the other guy that plays gale is not good.. he needs to be younger.. that guy looks to old.. and he needs to look better..
  • guest
    dont judge a magazine by its cover.just because they look a little older in this picture doesnt mean they might look that old in the movie.we'll just have to wait and see.




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