'Hunger Games' casting update: Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, last two tributes named
Besides Katniss Everdeen, the character "Hunger Games" fans have been most eager for Lionsgate to cast in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular book, is Haymitch Abernathy, the drunken former tribute — a sort of young district representative — who reluctantly mentors Katniss and her partner Peeta Mellark as they enter a fight-to-the-death competition.
Luckily for fans, the filmmakers didn't disappoint. While both John C. Reilly and Hugh Laurie had been rumored for the role, the part ultimately went to Woody Harrelson, an actor who has just the right amount of crazy and sweet to pull off the role of Haymitch. Harrelson will join a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and others in a possible franchise that from the casting side of things is showing strong potential.
The studio also announced the final two tributes for the film. "Orphan" star Isabelle Fuhrman and Alexander Ludwig ("Race to Witch Mountain") will play Cato and Clove, the teenage representatives from District 2. To see the full list of tributes in the film, check out Lionsgate's Facebook page on the movie.
Filming is set to begin shortly, with Lionsgate planning its release next March.
— Nicole Sperling
Photo of Woody Harrelson by Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.