The hunt for Gale and Peeta is over. After weeks of speculation, Lionsgate has announced that Liam Hemsworth ("The Last Song") and Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids Are All Right") are heading for the big screen version of Suzanne Collins' insanely addictive series "The Hunger Games" to play male leads Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark respectively, reports Hollywood Crush.
Hemsworth and Hutcherson join Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who was chosen to play "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen last month. Both actors expressed interest in the highly anticipated project, which will be directed by Gary Ross. Hutcherson disclosed his feelings on the character, saying: "The character is so much who I am — self deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play!"
Meanwhile, back in January, Hemsworth had hinted to MTV that he could very well be taking on the role of the stoic, first true love of Katniss, Gale. While Hemsworth had not met with Ross at the time, he confirmed he did read the script and told us, "[It's] a really, really cool story," adding, "[It's] super dark. It's all young kids in these Hunger Games, which are crazy, insane things."
After the jump, check out the rest of today's news, including Henry Cavill's thoughts on the new "Superman," the sets and scheduled shoot for "Snow White," a new addition to the "G.I. Joe" sequel and more!
Henry Cavill: Man Of Steel
As Henry Cavill already knows too well, stepping into the cape of Superman is no easy feat. Not only is there a deep-rooted history in the comic books, but there's a devoted fan base and two other actors before him who have given their take on Clark Kent. So when MTV caught up with Cavill, who described 2012's "Superman: Man of Steel" as "a re-imagining and modernization of an iconic character" that stays "true to the source material," there was a sense of relief among worried Superman purists. As Cavill put it, "Superman is Superman, after all. There’s only so much of a change you can make to that. It’s certainly, as I say, it’s going to be different, but not so different that it’s unrecognizable."
Snow White, 'Sno Problem
Speaking of a modern retelling of a classic, beloved character and story, there's been some light shed on Tarsem Singh’s take on "Snow White" (one of the two "Snow White" flicks poised to hit theaters, the other starring Kristen Stewart.) After it was announced that actress Lily Collins would step into the iconic fairy tale role, Singh told Spinoff Online that in addition to that casting (which also includes Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer), "We’re building sets already," adding, "All of the other work is done and the set’s already [being] built." Signh also informed that shooting on "Snow White" would begin in 10 weeks and that he has "no interest" in trying to make Snow White "edgy."
'G.I. Joe' Sequel Has A Cross To Bear
According to Moviehole, Jon M. Chu, the director of "G.I. Joe 2" sent out a casting call looking for an actor (requirements: Male, 25-35 years old, any ethnicity,a soldier-type) for a new character in the action flick. In addition to returning favorites like Duke (Channing Tatum) there's now a search to find who can fill Cross' boots. As Moviehole explains, Cross, or Cross-Country, is a figure that was introduced to the series in the '80s and served as G.I. Joe's driver.
M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith Are Space Cadets
Now, here's a twist we didn't see coming: Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith will re-team on the big screen for a sci-fi action adventure movie, written and directed by none other than fellow Philly native, M. Night Shyamalan. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed the Smith father-son duo to appear in the yet-to-be-titled movie in which "a young boy has to navigate an abandoned planet on a space ship that has crashed. On board is his estranged father." Keeping it even more in the family, Jada Pinkett Smith will be one of the producers involved with the project.
'The King's Speech' Stumbles With New PG-13 Rating
It turns out that a younger audience did not flock to see the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech" when it was re-released into theaters this weekend with a PG-13 rating. While the film has had a more-than-impressive run at the box office thus far ($135 million in the U.S. alone and counting), its re-release with a PG-13 rating (a series of swears were edited from the original R-rated release) didn't do much for the movie at all. In fact, the film fell to 14th place at the box office (stats courtesy of Box Office Mojo) taking in just $1.2 million over the weekend, with just a $1,181 per-screen average.
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