‘Hunger Games’ Casting News: Hunter Parrish, Josh Hutcherson Among Actors Testing For Peeta Role

And The Reaping continues.

A slew of Hollywood’s hot young actors met with Lionsgate on Friday to test for the role of District 12’s male tribute, Peeta Mellark, in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian thriller “The Hunger Games,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The list is a mix of the usual suspects and a few surprises. Josh Hutcherson, Lucas Till and Hunter Parrish are all in contention, in addition to 19-year-old “Escape to Witch Mountain” actor Alexander Ludwig and 24-year-old Evan Peters, who’s appeared in “Kick-Ass” and on television series including “One Tree Hill” and “The Office.” Noticeably absent from the line-up is Alex Pettyfer, whose name was among the early contenders for the role. (Should “Mortal Instruments” fans take hope in his absence?)

No word yet on when would-be Gales will test, though THR did supply a preliminary list for that role, as well, which includes Liam Hemsworth, David Henrie (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Robbie Amell (“True Jackson, VP”) and Drew Roy (“Hannah Montana,” “Greek”). The biggest surprise here seems to be that Liam is testing for the part of Gale, not Peeta as was earlier reported. (Though to be honest, his build is probably better suited to a character like Gale or Finnick Odair).

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