Film & TV

The Hunger Games 2 Recast with Pop Stars

There's no good reason for the producers of The Hunger Games to recast its sequel, Hunger Games: Catching Fire with pop stars. The first movie about a dystopian future where teenagers are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death, grossed 400 million dollars with normal actors. But this previous success did not stop the franchise from changing directors as the new chapter, coming out Friday, November 22, was directed by Francis Lawrence.

Now, Lawrence got his start directing music videos. So we're fantasizing that the next flick will feature an all singing, all dancing Hunger Games. And if that's the case, this is who we'd cast.

Miley Cyrus as Katniss Everdeen

Yes, Jennifer Lawrence might be feeling all high and mighty having won an Academy Award for best actress last year, but little Miss Miley has won six Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. And anyone who saw her performance at the MTV Video Music awards knows she can antagonize authority figures while still coming out on top like the protagonist of the story she'd be portraying. Change the title to Hunger Games: Twerking Fire and we're set.

Justin Timberlake as Gale Hawthorne

While the tabloids would love to keep Liam Hemsworth as he is Miley's ex, we need someone with musical bonafides to play Katniss's best friend/love interest. Who better than JT? While the thirty-something Timberlake might seem too old for the teenaged role, the book does describe Gale as "already looking like a man."

Nick Jonas as Peeta Mellark

Peeta has known Katniss since they were young ones. To become a fan favorite, Peeta tells the television audience that he loves Katniss, and the duo are persuaded to pretend they are an item. With the Jonas Brothers having just broken up, now would be a good time for Nick to call up his first girlfriend and see if they can make art (or commerce) imitate life.

Neil Young as Haymitch Abernathy

The grizzled, folksy veteran who was the only person from District 12 to win the Hunger Games before Katniss and Peeta. Imagine when Katniss refuses his advice and Neil Young goes into a guitar solo of "Old Man." It'll be pure movie magic watching Katniss twerk to that one.

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna

That's an easy one. Since Lenny's already playing the stylist for The Hunger Games stars, we don't have to deal with recasting this role.

Sinead O'Connor as President Snow

Every movie needs an arch-nemesis, and since Miley already has one in Sinead O'Connor who exchanged snide commentary with one another earlier this year, why not have some gender blind casting to have Sinead portray a President who can't stand a young whippersnapper changing the order of things.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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