April 22, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Alexander Ludwig, best known for his crucial role as tribute Cato in “The Hunger Games“, has joined “When the Game Stands Tall“, the true story of a high school football team that won for thirteen years running.
Also starring James Caviezel, Laura Dern and Michael Chiklis, the film will be directed by Thomas Carter from Scott Marshall Smith‘s script and production has started today in New Orleans.
Neil Hayes, whose book has been adapted by Marshall Smith, had unrestricted access to the De La Salle Spartans, a high school football team from Concord, California who had an unbeaten thirteen year winning streak. The Wrap reports that Ludwig will star as Chris Ryan who was the team’s standout running back. Caviezel and Chiklis will play the two team coaches who lead the team to their 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003 by teaching the players to stand for something greater than winning.
Ludwig broke out last year in Gary Ross’s adaptation of the bestselling dystopian novel “The Hunger Games” which also starred Jennifer Lawrence. Since then he has joined an array of film genres, including the comedy sequel “Grown Ups 2″, Peter Berg’s SEAL drama “Lone Survivor” and indie horror pic “Final Girl” with Abigail Breslin.
January 31, 2013 | Posted by Lindsey Young
in Casting, Features
With the announcement that Shaliene Woodley has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming dystopian “Divergent“, as well as Kate Winslet being in talks for an unknown role, this adaptation of the YA novel just got a little more real. Naturally, the next course of action will be to seek out other young individuals (well-known or perhaps not) to fill out the rest of the roles of Tris’ friends and foes alike. It’s no surprise that among Tris’ circle of friends is a love interest, and yes, it’s time to play the casting game again.
After Woodley’s negotiations became public knowledge last year, names were thrown into the casting mix for the pivotal role of “Four”, Tris’ mentor-turned-love interest. Alexander Ludwig (Cato of “The Hunger Games“) tweeted that he had a meeting with Lionsgate about the role. Not too long after, “Teen Wolf” star Colton Haynes caused much speculation among fans when he announced his departure from the MTV show and soon after followed Veronica Roth, author of “Divergent” on twitter while tweeting that he had some “news” to share soon. Related instances? Who knows. They were, however, perhaps meaningless ones as earlier this month, Alex Pettyfer, Lucas Till and Jeremy Irvine were reported to have auditioned for the role. The search is definitely on, but nothing and no one has been confirmed as of yet.
Of the names who have been thrown into the pool, there are some that we at Up and Comers could see as Four – but then there are also some that we think should stay far, far away from this adaptation lest they just turn him into another lacking portrayal of a character with so much to work with. In the words of our Tris Prior herself, “This character needs to be extremely masculine, and his eyes need to scream vulnerability and sensitivity.” We agree, Shailene. And so here are five actors that we think would be great as Tris’ mentor and eventual love interest.
October 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Alexander Ludwig is setting his sights on Abigail Breslin, with Variety reporting the “Hunger Games” actor has signed on to join Breslin in the cast of indie horror “Final Girl.”
Breslin plays a girl dropped into the woods and hunted by a pack of teenage boys, who turns the tables on them one by one. Presumably Ludwig will play one of the boys. Photographer Tyler Shields, who has a demonstrated taste for the macabre, will make his feature directorial debut on the film from a script by Adam Prince.
Ludwig played Career Tribute Cato, the main nemesis to Jennifer Lawrence’s heroic Katniss in Gary Ross’s adaptation of “The Hunger Games”, recently wrapped up a supporting role in Kevin James-Adam Sandler comedy sequel “Grown Ups 2″ and is part of the cast of Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL thriller “Lone Survivor” alongside Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.
August 23, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We thought Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL thriller “Lone Survivor” was all done casting, but apparently not. Deadline reports “The Hunger Games” star Alexander Ludwig has landed yet another SEAL role in the film, joining Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Mark Wahlberg.
Based on Marcus Luttrell’s book chronicling his own wartime experience, Kitsch will play Luttrell as “he and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader.” As the title of the book/film suggests, the mission goes badly. Ludwig will play Navy SEAL Shane Patton. Filming is set to begin on September 25th in New Mexico.
Ludwig, whose fate in “The Hunger Games” (ahem, spoiler alert?) obviously prevents his return for sequels, also recently completed shooting on “Grown Ups 2″, the sequel to the 2010 Adam Sandler/Chris Rock/Kevin James comedy.
May 24, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
“The Hunger Games” may have truly made a Hollywood star out of Jennifer Lawrence, but the other supporting actors are now looking to capatalise on the film’s success by paving their own way. Variety today reports that Alexander Ludwig, who starred opposite Lawrence as bad guy Cato, has joined the cast of “Grown Ups 2“.
The sequel to 2010 comedy, “Grown Ups 2″ stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Salma Hayek, and Ludwig will star as Spade’s son. In recent months Taylor Lautner and “Project X” star Oliver Cooper have joined the cast as frat boys who challenge the original films stars. The film has already started filming in Massachusetts, with Dennis Dugan in the director’s chair again.
Ludwig originally auditioned for the role of Peeta, Katniss’s rival, partner and love interest in the Games, but lost out to Josh Hutcherson.
October 27, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
What can we say other than, Holy Photoshop Batman! While “The Hunger Games” remains one of our most highly anticipated upcoming movies, the promotional materials released thus far can justly be described as awful (with the exception of that awesome motion poster). But that first teaser? Underwhelming. And now these characters-in-profile posters that spotlight Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta and five more strong supporting characters from the film, all airbrushed within an inch of their lives.
Luckily for Lionsgate, the massive success of the Suzanne Collins trilogy of books means the Gary Ross directed film will practically sell itself. And the studio is clearly confident it has the birth of a franchise on its hands, having already set a November 23, 2013 release for the sequel, “Catching Fire.” Let’s just hope the quality of the marketing materials isn’t reflective of the film itself. “The Hunger Games” will be released on March 23, 2012 and you can see all eight character posters below, which also feature Elizabeth Banks as Effie, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, Alexander Ludwig as Cato and Amandla Stenberg as Rue.
May 11, 2011 | Posted by Lindsey Young
After weeks of stringing us along with daily announcements of unknown actors cast in the roles of mostly nameless characters, the list of the 24 Tributes of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” has been completed. The final pair to join the group are Alexander Ludwig and Isabelle Furhman who will be portraying Cato and Clove, the deadly duo from District 2 who are among Katniss’ greatest enemies while in the arena. Ludwig and Furhman will join Jennifer Lawrence who plays protagonist Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as her partner/love interest Peeta in the post-apocalyptic battle royale.
Both Ludwig and Furhman’s past roles definitely give them an advantage in portraying the fearless Cato and menacing Clove. Furhman is best known for her appearance in the thriller/horror film “Orphan” in which she portrayed the mysterious title character. Currently, she is working on the dark comedy “Salvation Boulevard” which also stars Marisa Tomei and Pierce Brosnan. Ludwig’s most notable roles to date include leads in “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising,” a film based on a YA fantasy series and “Race to Witch Mountain,” a remake of the 1975 picture.
March 29, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
With the firestorm of Jennifer Lawrence officially confirmed for the starring role of Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s adaptation of “The Hunger Games” dying down, attention has quickly shifted to who will play Katniss’s support group, most importantly her rival, partner and love interest in the games, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne, her best friend back home and the third point in the inevitable love triangle.
THR reports that for the role of Peeta, actors Hunter Parrish, Alexander Ludwig, Josh Hutcherson, Evan Peters and Lucas Till tested opposite Lawrence last week, while Gale auditions are ongoing and include, but are not limited to, Liam Hemsworth, Drew Roy, David Henrie and Robbie Amell.
In the era of Twitter, a lot of these names are not surprises to the fans of “The Hunger Games”, with Parrish, Hutcherson, Hemsworth and Amell all having confirmed publicly that they were in contention for a role in the film, from as early as January, before Lawrence was even cast. So who are the guys vying for the two open spots? We take a closer look at each candidate.