A little over a month ago, Louisville’s Jennifer Lawrence and Union’s Josh Hutcherson were enjoying the revelry of the Oscars and awards season. Now, they make up some of the most Kentucky-centered movie casting since Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon paired up in 2006’s Bug.
Lawrence and Hutcherson will star in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, the first film based on the hit trilogy that includes Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The series is set in a future country where the United States used to be in which selected teenagers must compete in a deadly game. But the casting is somewhat appropriate as Lawrence and Hutcherson’s characters, Katniss and Peeta, hail from the District of Appalachia.
Joining them will be two-time former Miley Cyrus beau Liam Hemsworth as Gale completing a love triangle that is frequently compared to Twilight’s Bella, Jacob and Edward.
Directing The Hunger Games, and adding to its Oscar pedigree, will be Gary Ross, director of 2003’s Seabiscuit, which was partially filmed in the Lexington area and nominated for the Academy Award for best picture.
Lawrence was an Oscar nominee for her performance as another mountain girl fighting for survival in Winter’s Bone. Hutcherson was part of the ensemble cast of multiple nominee The Kids are All Right.