It seems Sarah over at Optionated has her own opinion of why the casting for The Hunger Games is perfect, but I have some thoughts of my own.
Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen – Listen I still just don’t see it. The picture I had in my head does not match up to Jennifer Lawrence. I almost think she is a bit too pretty to play the part, I always felt that Katniss was a bit more ordinary and run down. Jennifer seems like from the start she is like the Katniss we expect to see in MockingJay not the one I would expect to see in The Hunger Games.
Josh Hutcherson – Peeta Mellark – I wasn’t sold on this one at first, but I did some thinking. Yeah Josh does make a good Peeta, maybe not my first thought when I read the book, but he fits the bill nicely. He even looks the part in the photos which is a hard thing to do. He portrays that baker’s son that is in love with Katniss from a look in a photo. Perfect choice here.
Liam Hemsworth – Gale Hawthorne – from the start I knew this would fit. I still have the Star Wars feeling of wanting an unknown here, but for me I haven’t seen Liam in too many roles so it still holds that allure. He plays the good-looking, semi-bad boy type that we all know and want from the book. I agree with Sarah on the fact that they do not look very much alike though, I personally think they will skip over that in the movie rather than addressing it though.
I will wait until we get her other choices, but to say that Woody Harrelson is the perfect choice for Haymitch is an understatement. I just wish that I could get past my issue of always wanting unknowns for these adaptations.
Source: Why The Casting For Hunger Games is Perfect at Optionated