THE HUNGER GAMES casts its Glimmer and Marvel
Is this how it's going to be, Lionsgate? Trickling out with the HUNGER GAMES casting news, sets of tributes at a time, a side character here and there, daily madness? Fine, I'll bite. Boy, will I bite.
Yesterday, we learned who would be playing Rue and Thresh, the tributes from District 11. The casting of relative newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg pleased this HUNGER GAMES fan, but only insomuch that Rue and Thresh are, well, how do I say this delicately? Important? That they're actually important? You know who is less important? The tributes from District 1. Guess who was announced today on THE HUNGER GAMES official Facebook page! The tributes from District 1! Despite all of that, I must say, the actors chosen to portray Glimmer and Marvel may not have big roles, but they seem like interesting picks.
Glimmer, the female tribute from District 1, will be played by Leven Rambin. She will be joined by Jack Quaid (yes, son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid) as Marvel. Hit the jump to hear more about both Ramblin and Quaid, and their respective characters.
Rambin, though not a hugely recognizable name, has built herself a solid resume filled with television work - from One Tree Hill to Grey's Anatomy and CSI: Miami, she's hit some big shows. She also started her career on All My Children, so this is not her first time at the rodeo. This is, however, one of her first feature film roles, as she's only previously had work on smaller films like GIGANTIC. A role in THE HUNGER GAMES, no matter how minor, is a nice way to really jumpstart a film career.
Quaid comes from Hollywood stock, and THE HUNGER GAMES will be his first featured role.
So who are the tributes from District 1? Well, to understand Glimmer and Marvel, it's important to understand their district. The Capitol that runs the nation of Panem has a few favorite districts, and District 1 is one of them. While many of Panem's districts don't provide great living conditions and quality of life, District 1 residents get a sweet deal. The district manufactures luxury goods for the Capitol (each district has one specialized industry), and they are some of the most well-off characters in the nation.
However, what is most important about District 1 tributes is that, like the tributes from Districts 2 and 4, they see their roles as a great honor. Tributes from these districts are so gung-ho, in fact, that they are referred to as "Careers," due to the training they put into preparing for the games. And when I say "training," I don't mean just after they find out they are the tributes - Careers train for years in preparation for the possibility that they would be picked to represent their districts. Unfair and scary? You bet.
Mockingjays, what do you think of this casting? And what pair of tributes would you like to see get announced yet? Cato and Clove, perhaps?
THE HUNGER GAMES, as adapted from Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name, will be directed by Gary Ross and will hit screens on March 23, 2012.
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