Woody Harrelson Will Be Haymitch Abernathy in 'The Hunger Games'
Though we initially heard that Woody Harrelson was going to play Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, the man who created the titular competition at the center of Suzanne Collins' best-selling book series The Hunger Games. However, that role ended up going to American Beauty star Wes Bentley as we reported in a recent Casting Tidbits. However, the Zombieland star has still landed a pivotal role in the anticipated adaptation, and as a matter of fact, it's a role that was believed to go to another actor. Heat Vision says Harrelson will play Haymitch Abernathy, a role that previously was rumored to belong to John C. Reilly.
Abernathy is a past competitor and winner of the 50th Hunger Games over 20 years before the events of the first book in the series. Now a sloppy drunk, the former winner is recruited to help Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) train for their own competition in the Hunger Games. As the only living person from District 12 to survive the games, he's certainly the most qualified despite his inebriation, and as I understand it, he becomes quite integral in the other two books as well. Considering the popularity of the franchise, I'm sure we'll see those films hit the big screen in a few years too. As for Harrelson's casting, his performance in the comedy Kingpin makes it easy to picture him as a drunk mentor. Any thoughts from Hunger Games fans?