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Woody Harrelson is drunken trainer Haymitch in The Hunger Games

05.10.2011

After the role of THE HUNGER GAMES heroine Katniss Everdeen was cast with Jennifer Lawrence, fans of the book immediately wondered who would be playing the men in her life.

The strapping young dudes are already taken care of -- Liam Hemsworth as Gale, and Josh Hutcherson as her fellow "tribute" Peeta. And now Woody Harrelson will be playing Haymitch Abernathy, the inebriated winner of a previous tournament who is tasked with annually mentoring the new contestants selected from his district.

There was some earlier buzz about John C. Reilly taking the role, while Harrelson was once incorrectly linked to the part of Gamemaker Seneca Crane (which went to Wes Bentley).

Aside form Katniss' stylist Cinna (a role that Lenny Kravitz has been rumored for), that pretty much takes care of the main characters in Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult book -- Elizabeth Banks is playing pink-wigged escort Effie Trinket, and Stanley Tucci is flamboyant interviewer Caesar Flickerman.

While the two main "villain" combatants haven't been announced, the remainder of the 24 tributes are filled out by attractive young actors who will swiftly meet grim fates in the Games.

Gary Ross (BIG, PLEASANTVILLE, SEABISBUIT) is adapting the book, set in a futuristic society where representatives of the twelve existing Districts are selected to participate in a brutal contest for the entertainment of the rich and powerful. The Lionsgate movie is due on March 23, 2012.

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Extra Tidbit: I finally started reading this book, and I can definitely picture Harrelson having a blast with this role.
Source: Heat Vision

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9:12AM on 05/11/2011
I don't know much about these books except for what I have read in articles but Woody Harrelson is great,he has done his own thing in Hollywood his whole career and made a good name for himself by doing so,he really is a good actor
I don't know much about these books except for what I have read in articles but Woody Harrelson is great,he has done his own thing in Hollywood his whole career and made a good name for himself by doing so,he really is a good actor
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8:31AM on 05/11/2011
He's gonna be great in this role!
He's gonna be great in this role!
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12:31AM on 05/11/2011
Really excited about this casting!!
Really excited about this casting!!
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12:24AM on 05/11/2011
Interesting casting. I honestly never imagined him playing the cinematic counterpart, but Woody Harrelson rocks and I'm sure he'll do an awesome job as usual.
Interesting casting. I honestly never imagined him playing the cinematic counterpart, but Woody Harrelson rocks and I'm sure he'll do an awesome job as usual.
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11:46PM on 05/10/2011

Great casting!

I always pictured Wade Williams, Bellick from prison break, when i read it but Harrelson should be awesome. Loving the cast!
I always pictured Wade Williams, Bellick from prison break, when i read it but Harrelson should be awesome. Loving the cast!
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10:48PM on 05/10/2011
Can someone please explain to me why all the characters have such stupid names? I've only read the first book so if it's some kind of random spoiler don't ruin it for me. But it seems to me that everyone has some retarded hippie sounding name.
Can someone please explain to me why all the characters have such stupid names? I've only read the first book so if it's some kind of random spoiler don't ruin it for me. But it seems to me that everyone has some retarded hippie sounding name.
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5:09AM on 05/11/2011
Yeah, the only "normal" names in the series are Johanna and Alma (character in the third book). I think that it's supposed to add to the story's futuristic setting. I groaned when I found out that Peeta is a baker's kid. Really?!
Yeah, the only "normal" names in the series are Johanna and Alma (character in the third book). I think that it's supposed to add to the story's futuristic setting. I groaned when I found out that Peeta is a baker's kid. Really?!
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10:42PM on 05/10/2011

SWEET

I totally see it. I still don't get Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, but I don't remember him showing up very much in the books anyway.
I totally see it. I still don't get Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, but I don't remember him showing up very much in the books anyway.
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10:41PM on 05/10/2011
For some reason I always pictured haymitch as being older. But I'm a big harrelson fan and I'm sure he'll have fun with the role
For some reason I always pictured haymitch as being older. But I'm a big harrelson fan and I'm sure he'll have fun with the role
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10:37PM on 05/10/2011
Just about finished with book 1. It's definitely solid and this casting is spot-on. Can't wait.
Just about finished with book 1. It's definitely solid and this casting is spot-on. Can't wait.
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10:29PM on 05/10/2011
Have never read the book(s), but he'll do a great job.
Have never read the book(s), but he'll do a great job.
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