WEEDS Actor Hunter Parrish Confirms He’s a Contender for Male Lead in THE HUNGER GAMES

     March 16, 2011

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While fans are keeping a close watch on Gary Ross’ (Seabiscuit) film adaptation of the best-selling book series The Hunger Games, it looks like casting is in full swing. A few days ago, it was reported that Winter’s Bone actress (and Academy Award nominee) Jennifer Lawrence is poised to the land the lead role of Katniss, and now the inevitable, ever-changing shortlist of actors in contention for the male lead of Peeta is heating up with actor Hunter Parrish (Weeds) confirming that he’s met with producers about the role:

“I’ve met the producers. I’d be grateful to get the opportunity. Like, really grateful. It would be amazing. I read the books all last year, and I guess they’re starting filming soon.”

E! Online caught up with the actor last night at Alternative Apparell’s 2011 and got him talking. For more from Parrish, including who he’d like to see cast as Katniss, hit the jump.

hunter-parrish-imageWhen asked who he’d prefer take on the lead role of Katniss in the film, Parrish is partial to the one actress that’s actually close to his age:

“If it’s Jennifer [Lawrence], man, sign me up! I think if it ended up being Hailee Steinfeld or Saoirse [Ronan] or who’s the other one? Abigail Breslin. Then it would be weird. It would be really weird.”

Understandable. I feel like there would definitely be some issues with the 23-year-old Parrish romancing 14-year-old Steinfeld and Breslin, or even 16-year-old Ronan. Though given Lawrence’s frontrunner status, I don’t think the actor has anything to worry about. Alex “He’s So Hot Right Now” Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) is also another actor who has reportedly met with producers regarding the role of Peeta. The film is set to hit theaters on March 23rd 2012.

Here’s a synopsis of the novel:

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

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