Woody Harrelson Will Be Haymitch Abernathy in 'The Hunger Games'

May 10, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

Hunger Games / Woody Harrelson

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?

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  • jro
    Way better than Reilly
  • Moviekidmike
  • ptpnyc
    AWESOME sooo much better the reilly, not what I pictured while reading, but he'll be great-- plays big role in the second book, even bigger in third
  • jayne
    This is terrible. Better than Reilly, but RDJ would have been perfect.
    • Veela
      RDJ was my 1st pick too. but unfortunately The Avengers is currently in production and i understand they have to shoot THG pretty soon if they wanna make the release date. so i guess even if they also wanted RDJ they wouldn't have been able to acquire him due to his schedule :(
  • Anonymous
    Too young, too skinny. Excellent actor will probably pull it off.
  • gracie!
    YAY! awesome casting choice! woody will definitely pull this off!
  • ea
    Looking forward to seeing how that works out...he needs hair, though. I've always pictured haymitch as having long, shaggy hair thats starting to go bald. I hope he rises to the occasion and puts on a beautiful performance-along with the rest of them!
    • jsty
      I always picked him with that description too! And slightly fatter too. But I'm sure they will make him look the part. I think Harrelson is a great pick. I love to watch his movies.
  • Teacherkid
    I was really, REALLY pulling for John C. Reilly for the role - but (especially after Zombieland) I think Harrelson will be able to pull the character off. He's a lot of fun, major issues, Harrelson can definitely handle that.




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