May 6th, 2011

austen ; lizzie ; book

The Hunger Games Cast Thrown Into Stunt Boot Camp, "Get Along Great"

Clearly, this is no CGI-powered Twilight kinda franchise in the making. With just a month left before The Hunger Games begins shooting, an inside Hunger source tells us the entire cast is currently enrolled in physically demanding stunt training! And while these pretty boys and girls are battling it out in training, wonder how the cast is getting along in real life?

"The cast mates are all really happy with each other and get along great so far," our source tells us, regarding the actors who have varying degrees of fame.

And while most of the tributes cast already have serious experience as stunt doubles, everyone is still required to attend training a few days a week, we're told.

"They have to learn archery, sword fighting, martial arts and the like," the knowledgeable insider insists. Filming starts in June in North Carolina, do they don't have too much longer to snap to! "They want the actors to genuinely know what they are doing," adds our source, who also says the film will have a "very cool and futuristic feel."

When we ran into District 1 tribute Glimmer, played by Leven Rambin, at the IWC Schaffhausen presents Peter Lindbergh's Portofino last week, the actress told us she had to stay mum on the film. But she did say, "I'm so excited to work with Josh Hutcherson, I've been friends with him for years."

Good thing the Tributes are all getting along so far, because our Hunger mole tells us they will most likely be filming all summer long. Hmm. With all these young tributes stuck on set for the summer, wonder if North Carolina is going to turn into a little Vancouver-style off-camera love-fest?


Ahh, it makes me insane to think that Cato and Clove have already been casted and they are already starting stuff, yet we are still in the dark about who they are~

Wes Bentley On Being Cast As The Hunger Games' Seneca Crane

Bentley couldn’t spill on any details of the adaptation, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t talk about how excited he is to be part of the production. And, fans of the book will be pleased, Bentley assured us that while the film will “obviously be a little different” from the source material, he thinks we’ll “really dig it.”


Dissecting THG with Vulture:

As for Games, consider him a fan. "I read the first book, and she's such a great writer, Suzanne Collins," Bentley said. "I'm very excited to be a part of it. I loved the first book. It was so great. It's such an original idea. It echoes a lot of 1984. It echoes Ayn Rand. It's got all the elements of great literature. It's a modern tale of the government putting fear in people."

The rabid Games readership has had a lot to say about the movie's casting announcements, but Bentley doesn't mind the scrutiny. "I think it's all fair. It's great because it means there are passionate fans out there. That's the thing about literature: There are different ways to interpret what you've read ... It's difficult to create a great script and then to create a great movie after a great piece of literature. There's a lot of collaboration involved."

Read the entire article here.