'The Hunger Games' Gets Prim

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If your head is spinning, you don't know which way is up and you feel like you could pass out at any moment, don't worry: you're probably not pregnant or living in zero gravity. The most likely cause of your affliction: "The Hunger Games" fever -- and with the deluge of casting news spreading like a pandemic from Hollywood, if you don't already have it, you're at high risk to catch it soon.

Case in point: one of the most important characters in Suzanne Collins' wildly popular series of novels has just been cast in the upcoming movie adaptation, as Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the role of Prim has been filled by newcomer Willow Shields.

Being sick never felt so good.

Primrose Everdeen, of course, has a pivotal role in  the "Hunger Games" trilogy: when the 12-year-old is chosen by despotic authorities to represent her home, District 12, in a televised battle royale to the death, her older sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) takes her place, eventually sparking a revolution and becoming the story's main character in the process.

It's a big part -- and "The Hungers Games" director Gary Ross is pleased as punch with his new find.

"It’s so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met," Ross said in a statement. "Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we’re very lucky to have her."

The casting announcement is the third official statement in as many days, following announcements from Lionsgate touting the selection of actors to play the roles of Rue, Thresh, Marvel and Glimmer, while rumors also have it that Elizabeth Banks is a shoo-in for the part of Effie Trinket.

There are still ten more Districts left to be cast, though, so you might want to keep those antibiotics handy. Because "Hunger Games" fever is here and once you catch it, there's no known cure.