By Adam Spunberg and Savanna New

The Hunger Games world is abuzz with casting rumors. For those of you who don’t know, The Hunger Games is a futuristic trilogy set in a dystopian version of America, where children are forced to fight to the death on national television. The first in this immensely successful book series, by Suzanne Collins, is now being set to a highly anticipated film, which is expected to rival Harry Potter and Twilight.

We are extremely fortunate to have Gabby Vittoria and Pauline Hughes from The Hob to break down the leading contenders in this heated casting debate. Because we never get to know them beyond the training room and arena, it’s easy to forget that the other tributes, like Katniss, are real children and teens who were plucked at random to represent their districts in the Hunger Games. Some have been groomed for this moment since birth, others have only the desperate will to survive to guide them. The tributes represented in today’s installment — the few whose names we learn in the book — play key roles in Katniss’s experience in the Games.

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Part I: Katniss
Part II: Haymitch
Part III: Peeta
Part IV: Gale
Part V: Effie
Part VI: President Snow
Part VII: Prim
Part VIII: Cinna
Part IX: Rue
Part X: Tributes
Part XI: The Others

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Amber Heard as Glimmer (District 1)

Gabby: She oozes sexiness.

Pauline: I could see Amber Heard [as Glimmer]. She encompasses the bombshell, bad girl thing that I think Glimmer uses to her advantage. She’s pretty, but looks tough at the same time.

Adam: If Rachel McAdams — absolutely exquisite in my opinion — could play the self-centered primadonna in Mean Girls, then surely Amber Heard — who looks more aggressive — can be the aren’t-I-pretty-now-I-am-going-to-kill-you vixen in the arena. She has the right combination of devilish good looks and fury.

Savanna: Glimmer is supposed to be tall, beautiful, and sexy. I’d say Amber Heard fits the bill (and then some)! She’s stunning, but I can easily picture her firing off a round of arrows with the intent to kill.

Jake Abel as Marvel (District 1)

Gabby: I only know Jake Abel from the Percy Jackson movie. He was tall and lean and tricked them, so he came off as sort of smart!

Pauline: I’m at a loss, because honestly, he isn’t described well in the story, so it’s just like picking someone at random.

Adam: We wouldn’t want our reading populace to know we’re just throwing out names here…okay, for real, Abel would be a fine choice. We don’t know why, but he would be. He was solid in Percy Jackson, so he can play whatever Gary Ross determines Marvel should be.

Savanna: Though he’s one of the few named tributes, we basically know nothing about Marvel. Like the other Career Tributes, we can assume that he’s strong and tall, and as Marvel actually does some strategizing in the arena, he may be fairly intelligent… Jake Abel was decent in Percy Jackson and would, I’m sure, be an effective Marvel.

Alexandra Daddario as Clove (District 2)

Gabby: I like Alexandra. There’s something about her eyes…

Pauline: [Clove] is brutal, so we need someone who has some fierceness to her. Daddario works for me. I could see her being tough, intense, and fierce. I think she has a smart look to her. She’s someone that could fake sweetness, but is really a tough, ruthless competitor.

Adam: For the record, I really advocated for Alyson Michalka, but I was voted down. It’s hard to argue against the pick of my peers, however, especially since we already know Daddario can fight vigorously. I wouldn’t want to take her on — I’ll put it that way.

Savanna: Alexandra Daddario was believable as a battle-savvy daughter of Athena in Percy Jackson, and I think she’d make a fine Clove. While she is undoubtedly gorgeous, there’s a wild, almost animal quality to Daddario’s athletic, wide-eyed appearance that is both beguiling and intimidating.

Kellan Lutz as Cato (District 2)

Gabby: Kellan has the ability to put on a very menacing face, because when he smiles, he is not scary at all with those dimples. He needs other roles to help him break out of Emmett (his character in Twilight)!

Pauline: He has the right body type and athletic ability to pull off a bigger tribute who has trained for this event.

Adam: Twilight’s Emmett could definitely be Cato. Let’s not forget that Cato plays a sizable role in Hunger Games, at least in terms of plot. Some of the other tributes could be your run-of-the-mill sword-fighters, but Cato must be memorable. Lutz has it in him to be maniacally frightening and equally sympathetic, after a childhood prepped solely for this belligerent purpose.

Savanna: Kellan Lutz may not be the most expert of actors, but he’s more than capable of animating a brute like Cato. Like Cato, Lutz is huge, and would be a terrifying presence in the arena.

Bella Thorne as Foxface (District 5)

Gabby: I like Bella Thorne the best [for Foxface]. She has a sly look to her.

Pauline: She seems young, but she has a fierce, innocent sort of look to her that I like.

Adam: There’s a HUGE difference between saying someone “looks like a fox” and “has a fox face.” Thorne is foxy, but let’s not insult her by saying her face looks like an animal’s. What she can pull off, however, is the slyness, and foxy or not, she’s the most adaptable to the character of anyone in this fox hunt.

Savanna: Looking at Bella Thorne, I actually see someone worthy of the nickname “Foxface.” It’s amazing how truly fox-like her features are! Thorne also has Foxface’s signature red hair and petite size, and her eyes are swimming with a cleverness befitting a character whose weapon of choice is her mind.

 

Sinqua Walls as Thresh (District 11)

Gabby: Sinqua looks good. Look at the structure in his face!

Pauline: I think Sinqua Walls is great! He looks physically fit, strong…good for that role.

Adam: The name “Thresh” really fits the character, and so does Sinqua Walls. This is the kind of guy who could be surprisingly nice, but you know he could rip your throat out at a moment’s notice. Word to the wise: be nice to Rue!

Savanna: Do I really need to explain why he’d be the best Thresh ever? Just look at him! To say he’s “built like an ox” would be an understatement. What I like most about Sinqua Walls is that despite his powerful appearance, he still has a very noble, gentle-looking face, which I think would help audiences empathize with Thresh.

Adam Spunberg is a senior writer at Picktainment and founder of the Austen Twitter Project. Email him at adam@picktainment.com or tweet @AdamSpunberg.

Savanna New is an associate editor at Picktainment. Email her at savanna@picktainment.com.