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THE HUNGER GAMES casts its Prim Everdeen

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
April 20th, 2011

Let's just make this a daily thing, okay?

Deadline has announced that Lionsgate and director Gary Ross have picked the next cast member for THE HUNGER GAMES, and that newcomer Willow Shields will take on the role of young Primrose "Prim" Everdeen for the film. The role is a quite important one in the grand scheme of THE HUNGER GAMES, and has been a sought-after role for some time, with a Chloe Moretz long championed as a fan favorite. Shields' resume includes only a few works (mostly in TV), but just by looks alone, she seems to be a good fit for the part (a common theme in HUNGER GAMES casting as of late, as Lionsgate and Ross seem to be going for unknown after unknown to round out their cast).

After the break, check out some of my dorky HUNGER GAMES knowledge on the role of Prim, who she is, and what her impact is on the series as a whole.

Prim Everdeen is, of course, the little sister of HUNGER GAMES heroine Katniss Everdeen (to be played by Jennifer Lawrence). In the first book in the series, Prim is actually the one picked to serve as a tribute for District 12. It is Katniss' fierce loyalty and devotion to her baby sister that leads her to volunteer to take her place. In that first book, Prim is very different than Katniss - she is much more meek and seemingly weak, but she is well-loved throughout their district.

In many ways, Katniss sees Prim as her total opposite - innocent and beloved. But Katniss also knows that the traits that make Prim easy to love (and, in fact, Katniss often muses in the early pages of the book that Prim is the only person she truly loves) are the same traits that would make her an easy mark in the Hunger Games arena. Katniss stepping in to "save" her sister is an action that both emparts on the audience who Katniss really is and one that allows people to begin loving Katniss herself.

While Prim is not a huge role in terms of action in the first book in Suzanne Collins' series, her impact is constantly felt on Katniss. Later, throughout Catching Fire and Mockingjay in particular, Prim blossoms into her own remarkable young woman, taking on many of the same traits that make Katniss such a fierce competitor. If Shields grows into and with the role of Prim throughout the franchise, it will be a

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  • http://seetinyrun.com/ Catherine

    I like this decision, I was kind of into the idea of Chloe Moretz, I think she may have been too much of a bad ass, where Prim is much softer.

    • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

      I like her look a lot.

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

    I like her look a lot.

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