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Fans split on Josh Hutcherson as Peeta in 'The Hunger Games'

April 4, 2011 |  1:21 pm

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The announcement that Jennifer Lawrence would play Katniss unsettled many fans of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games." Lawrence is too blond, too curvy, too old, they argued, to play the character.

But others said give her a chance. And that's what about half of those who responded to our (very unscientific) query on Twitter said about her just-announced costar, Josh Hutcherson. Monday producers anonounced that Hutcherson, known for his role in the Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are Alright," would play Peeta, who in "The Hunger Games" embodies kindhearted innocence.

Hutcherson has the "right build and vibe," @GabrielleAdelle tweeted. Few others were willing to go that far, but said that, while he wasn't who they pictured, they were willing to give him a chance.

There were, however, some vociferous opponents to Hutcherson as Peeta. "Big no," @jenileesk8 tweeted. "HORRIBLE CHOICE," tweeted @AlehAutumn. Many expressed disappointment that Hunter Parrish ("Weeds") didn't get the part.

It was also announced that Liam Hemsworth ("The Last Song") will play Gale, Katniss' partner. Which is likely to split fans as much as the other casting choices.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Josh Hutcherson playing a well-cared for teen in "The Kids Are Alright." Credit: Focus Features

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