Recently, EW.com conducted an online poll to see how fans would cast the movie if they had the chance. Much to my surprise, I think the fans have done a great job! (Note: this isn't the real casting—the poll was just for fun.)
Can I just say, "Um, yesssss!" I think actress Kaya Scodelario definitely looks a helluva lot like Katniss. The dark hair and eyes. The pale skin. The pretty face that can be dirtied up for the arena. Looks-wise, she's almost perfect for the role. (Although she might be a little too pretty.)
I also like how Scodelario is a relative unknown in the States. She has gained fame for a British TV series called "Skins," but she's not a household name by far. That's a definite pro in my book because I don't want someone super famous playing Katniss. *cough...Miley Cyrus...cough*
Hmm, this is the only casting call that I was hesitant about. Actor Hunter Parrish (Weeds) might be too much of a pretty boy. I mean, he looks like he's posing for a J.Crew catalogue in this picture! When I envision Peeta in my mind, I see him as cute and sweet but not really a dreamboat sort of guy. What do you guys think?
Ohhhh, I like! I think Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising) would make an arresting Gale. He even looks a bit like Kaya Scodelario, which is a good thing because Katniss mentions in the Hunger Games that some people mistake her and Gale as relatives. (Yeah, I can't believe I remembered that....)
Ah, Hugh Laurie is a PERFECT actor to play Haymitch! That scruff. Those penetrating eyes. Put a bottle of whiskey in his hands and hire him right now!
(Alternately, a lot of fans chose Robert Downey Jr. for this role. I think Downey would be a great Haymitch too. Decisions, decisions!)
So...what do you guys think? Do you think this poll was dead-on or dead wrong? Can't wait to read your responses! Because, let's face it, I'm obsessed with these books!