First look at 'The Hunger Games' cast
July 28th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

First look at 'The Hunger Games' cast

Fans of "The Hunger Games," who have been imagining for years what Katniss, Gale and Peeta would look like on-screen, are finally getting a glimpse of the characters.

The film's stars - Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson - are all featured in an exclusive shoot in this week's EW.

And although some readers have voiced concerns regarding Aussie actor Hemsworth taking on his tall, dark and handsome character, Gale Hawthorne, director Gary Ross says it was a perfect fit.

"On first glance he's such a hunk that it's easy to ascribe a hunklike simplicity to him," Ross conceded. "But this is a phenomenally subtle actor, totally in control of what he was doing."

Hutcherson told EW that he prepared for the role of baker's son, Peeta Mellark, by putting on 15 pounds of muscle in three weeks.

Despite some commenters' initial misgivings about casting announcements, these images look convincing enough to generate even more excitement for the movie, which is set to hit theaters March 23, 2012.

What do you think of the photos?

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  1. camamateur

    Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I'm impressed! Very useful information specially the last part :) I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. meldew

    To those of you who are upset with the casting choices of Gale and Peeta, who would you rather they choose? Ben Affleck and Matthew Mcconaughey?? I think it's pretty awesome they chose these two. They're a different choice, but a good one. We all have different interpretations of what we perceive a character in a book should look like.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. liamloverrr

    LIAM IS SOOO HOT! WAHOO

    August 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Disappointed

    I'm truely disappointed in the cast. Still after seeing some of these "great photos" it just irritates me more how the characters in the book aren't portrayed at all looks wise in these actors. I still love the story line so of course I'll go see the movies but I feel the Hunger Games have been white washed.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eliza

    they are to old but there no that ol the oldest one is 21 and thats the guy playing Gale. I think the movie will turn out REALLY well and its going to be bigger than Twilight

    August 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Momay

    she`s right,..way too old...but i still like Josh Hutcherson :D

    August 1, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Colleen

    THEY ARE WAY TOO OLD

    July 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Laly

    No!they are to old. They are supposed to be 16 and Gail 18

    July 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ole Grandad

    Those fellas are cute and could easily take turns and booger my butt.

    July 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sam

    Apparently, this movie is targeted solely towards teenaged girls and gays.

    July 29, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    15 lbs in 3 weeks? Is that a joke? Hutcherson clearly is delusional like many young immature kids. Disappointed in the cast, disappointed in the rating, gonna be lousy and pale in comparison to the books.

    July 29, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. becks

    what is this book? never heard of it?

    July 29, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    15 pounds of muscle in 3 weeks? Can you say medical-grade steroids? I knew that you could...

    July 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. casting game

    alternate hunger games casting choices: http://www.castinggame.com/picks/5/hunger-games

    July 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Danielle

    I can't wait!!!! I love the books they are amazing

    July 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Lawrence Whelk

    You should have let our orchestra do the background music. Tiny buddles is a classic.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Josh H.

    well hello there girls, I was hoping you would notice my new movie due to hit theaters March 23, 2012

    July 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. girl22

    !!!*

    July 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. girl22

    Josh can you meet me and my friend?? ^^^ (girl21) lol we love you1!! <3 ;) :D

    July 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. girl21

    ;)

    July 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. girl21

    lookin hott joshh ;0 :P <3

    July 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Darth Tater

    Looks as though light sabres are all powered up and they are about to drop trow and do battle.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Suua P.

    I think they look perfect, especially Josh as Peeta.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      I couldn't agree with you more! Josh is going to be an EXCELLENT Peeta! And he looks AMAZING!!! NOT airbrushed!

      October 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Still a fail

    Airbrushing them to look like completely different people doesn't really make it okay to choose the cast poorly, EW. Seriously, learn when to back away from the Photoshop.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Doctor Dookenstien

    ; ) LOL. GOOD ONE EVIL : )

    July 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Evel Knievel

    Those guys look hungry alright, hungry for some wiener.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jose'

    I am yennifer loooopez. I eat tacoes y burritoes.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jose'

    IF they wud eat tacos y burritos they wud no be hungry.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Justin Bieber

    That pic has me wanting to give a two handed "shout-out."

    July 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. jooooo

    Im a jooo so you better watch out. We know karate and stuff.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Butthead

    Ascribe. HUH HUH HUH HUH She said ass.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      do everyone a favor and grow up...if you are gonna comment at least let it be worth reading.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Oprah

    I want in on these hunger games

    July 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |

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