Just last week, a number of actors were listed as having tested for the two male lead roles in Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games. Now, it appears that Josh Hutcherson (The Kids are All Right) and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) are the frontrunners for the two male lead roles opposite star Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Deadline reports that Hutcherson is the leading candidate to take on the role of Peeta, a boy from Katniss’ town who reveals his love for her as the Hunger Games (life-or-death games played out in the post-apocalyptic future) begin. Hemsworth is apparently inching close to nabbing the role of Gale, Katniss’ hunting partner once the games begin.
Hutcherson was fairly prolific as a child actor, starring in films like Zathura and Bridge to Terabithia. He recently showed his penchant for more dramatic fare in the Best Picture nominee The Kids Are All Right and will be seen in the upcoming Red Dawn remake. Hemsworth (the brother of Chris, the star of Thor), was most recently seen opposite Miley Cyrus in The Last Song.