The Hunger Games is one step close to becoming a reality on the big screen! Lionsgate Studios just announced that the film adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' three-part trilogy will be released on March 23, 2012.
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Although fans will have to wait over a year for the movie's release, director Gary Ross says that he anticipates filming to start later this spring --Â which means casting decisions will have to be made quickly.
Buzz is surrounding stars like Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning, and Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld for the role of Katniss. And Liam Hemsworth, Alex Pettyfer, and Avan Jogia have been talked about as possible actors to play the leading men, Peeta and Gale.
The director has also not ruled out the possibility of casting completely unknown actors in the lead roles.
Are you excited for The Hunger Games movie? If you haven't already, does knowing there will be a movie make you want to read the books?
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