And the casting continues for Lionsgate’s big screen version of The Hunger Games. Another adult has joined the mainly kid populated cast, and we can only pray that he snaps and begins hunting for Mr. Rabbit while trying to procure Snake Bite Juice™.
According to Deadline, Woody Harrelson has landed the role of Haymitch Abernathy, the mentor of the lead character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), whom Abernathy trains to fight in a televised battle to the death among teen teams.
Harrelson joins the previously announced Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Paula Malcolmson, Willow Shields, Leven Rambin & Jack Quaid (#1), Ian Nelson & Kalia Prescott (#3), Ethan Jamieson & Tara Macken (#4), Chris Mark & Jackie Emerson (#5), Ashton Moio & Kara Petersen (#6), Sam Ly & Leigha Hancock (#7), Samuel Tan & Mackenzie Lintz (#8), Imanol Yepez-Frias & Annie Thurman (#9), Jeremy Marinas & Dakota Hood (#10), Amandla Stenberg & Dayo Okeniyi (#11), and Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson (#12) in the film.
Look for the Gary Ross-directed adaptation in theaters on March 23, 2012, and be sure to keep your eyes on the official The Hunger Games Facebook page and the official The Hunger Games Twitter feed for updates.
Set in post-apocalyptic America, the movie will introduce heroine Katniss Everdeen, a self-sufficient 16-year-old who lives in District 12, one of the poorer districts in the nation of Panem, what used to be known as North America before its utter destruction several years earlier. Katniss becomes a participant in the Hunger Games, an annual televised tournament where one boy and one girl from each of the nation’s twelve districts must fight to the death until only one competitor, or “tribute,” is left standing.