Gary Ross is continuing to steadily fill in the 24 spots allocated for Tributes from each of Panem’s 12 districts who fight each other to the death in his adaptation of “The Hunger Games”. With Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson set as main characters Katniss and Peeta from District 12, the rest of the Tributes have gone to even lesser-known names. Thresh, the physically imposing tribute from District 11, will be played by Dayo Okeniyi, while Rue, his fellow District 11 tribute and the youngest in the Games, will be portrayed by Amandla Stenberg. From District 1, tributes Glimmer and Marvel will be played by Leven Rambin and Jack Quaid, respectively.
Joining them today from District 3 will be two unfamiliar names, Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott. The District 3 tributes are not named and have less presence than some of their counterparts, due mostly to the fact that (spoiler alert?) there can be only one survivor slash victor in the end and the playing field thins out as the story moves along. Outside the arena, Liam Hemsworth will play the role of Gale, Katniss’s best friend and potential love interest, Willow Shields is Katniss’s little sister Prim and Paula Malcomson Katniss’s mother. Additionally, some bigger names are also potentially signing on as well, with Elizabeth Banks in talks for the role of Katniss’s handler Effie Trinket and John C. Reilly eyeing the role of Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss and Peeta’s mentor.
Prescott brings an impressive resume of stunts and martial arts to her sure to be highly action oriented role, having stunt doubled in “Red Dawn”, “Spider-Man 2″ and “The Santa Clause 3”. Nelson is an accomplished singer who has done various stage musicals but whose only feature film credit thus far is a supporting role in indie “Alone Yet Not Alone”.
“The Hunger Games” begins filming next month for a March 23, 2012 release date.