Monday, April 18, 2011

Get a Load of the Newbies Joining Hunger Games

There go two more Hunger Games roles for Hollywood hopefuls to say buh-bye to!
Lionsgate has confirmed that the parts of Rue and Thresh of District 11 have officially been filled.
So who are the two lucky enough to join District 12ers Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson?
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Enter the unknowns.
Dayo Okeniyi will be playing the role of strong and quiet District 11 tribute Thresh, while Amandla Stenberg is set to play the much-loved 12-year-old Katniss ally Rue.
Amandla, an L.A. native whose name means power in Zulu, has previously appeared in a handful of national commercials. Okeniyi has a short film on his résumé and can be seen in the upcoming horror film Slew Hampshire.
We think these two look the parts, but as far as acting chops go, they definitely still have a lot to prove. Is that being too harsh? Hardly! This is a super-important new series of flicks—one that just might put the cool back in franchise movies, get it?
Luckily, Dayo and Amandla have until March 23, the film's release date, to work on their skills and win us over.
Who's still left to be cast? A major part: the role of Haymitch Abernathy, the only living Hunger Games winner of District 12.
Let's hope that the next casting announcement involves the very known names of either Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt, Hugh Laurie or Gerard Butler.
WATCH: Katniss, aka Jennifer Lawrence, at the Ocsars
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