My Suzanne Collins fan-girling continues! I became so entrenched in her HG world while barreling through the trilogy that I have yet to pick up anything else from my to-read pile. I simply haven’t been able to give myself over to another reading experience; I’m still reeling somewhat from finishing Mockingjay. So I’m going to continue basking in dystopian glory (oxymoron?) for a bit longer, and offer up my dream picks for some of the men of Panem. And yes, I’m aware of how British this list is. I fully admit to being biased toward lovely men from across the pond!
Peeta — Jamie Bell
His impressively diverse acting resume proves he can do both sweet and tortured, charming and tough. In fact, one only need see him in his breakout role in Billy Elliot to know how simultaneously fierce and lovable he can be. Peeta may be a lovelorn sweetheart, but he’s not a pushover, and I think Bell could strike the right balance between tender heartache and impassioned determination. And look! Here he is all bare-chested and arena-ready (from the upcoming “2nd century adventure” The Eagle):
Gale — Eddie Redmayne
A good ten years older than the character, yes, but he doesn’t look it, and he’s a mesmerizing actor. I saw him in a play in London and couldn’t take my eyes off him. (And not just for the obvious reasons.) He definitely has Gale’s ferocity — a certain fire behind the eyes.
Haymitch — Robert Downey, Jr.
Many have suggested Hugh Laurie for this role, but while he has certainly demonstrated his capacity for endearing grouchiness as House, I wouldn’t be able to believe he was ever deadly. Haymitch is cantankerously past his prime, but he still once won the Games, and I just don’t think Laurie has that kind of lurking lethality. RDJ, probably in large part due to his titular roles in Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, projects the right kind of aged toughness. He’s also excellent at portraying characters whose external gruffness belie their hidden emotional wounds.
Cinna — Benedict Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch is such a versatile actor that I fell in love with him as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes without even realizing he was the skin-crawlingly creepy rapist from Atonement. He’s hilariously antisocial as Holmes, but has displayed a kinder side in projects like Creation, and to me looks perfectly Cinna-esque — elegant and lanky, with a heartwarming smile.
President Snow — Patrick Stewart
No one does regal quite like Stewart, and his recent turn as Claudius in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet proved he can do insidiously evil just as well as he can do courtly and avuncular.
Finnick — Henry Cavill
One of my favorite characters from the entire series, Finnick is a flirtatious rogue with a tormented heart of gold. The utterly charming Cavill has repeatedly been thisclose to plum roles like Bond and Batman, and is one of the most consistently compelling presences on The Tudors. His character on The Tudors, in fact, is rather similar to Finnick — a devastatingly handsome playboy with a surprising capacity for love.
What are your casting thoughts?