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'The Hunger Games' Movie: Josh Hutcherson Cast As Peeta, Liam Hemsworth As Gale

First Posted: 04/04/11 02:39 PM ET Updated: 06/04/11 06:12 AM ET

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Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are headed for the fight of their lives.

The two stars have been cast in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best selling book, "The Hunger Games," as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, respectively. They join Jennifer Lawrence, who was recently cast as main character Katniss Everdeen, in the highly anticipated young adult fantasy film.

About a future, war-ravaged world run by a corrupt government, the books focus on Everdeen, Mellark and Hawthorne, participants in the Hunger Games Tournament. It's a televised event in which children battle to the death.

Lionsgate hopes to make a film series out of what is an outrageously popular series of books. Hutcherson and Hemsworth are both emerging young stars; Hutcherson has featured in, among other films, "The Bridge to Terabithia," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and his breakout supporting role in "The Kids Are All Right," and will feature later this year in the remake of the 80's action film "Red Dawn."

Hemsworth played opposite Miley Cyrus in "The Last Song," and will feature this year in "The Throwback" and "Arabian Nights."

For more, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Filed by Jordan Zakarin  |