Anyone who frequents entertainment news sites knows that Lionsgate makes cast announcements about its upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ movie almost daily. Being based on a huge teen book series that rivals the ‘Twilight Saga’, this makes complete sense why Lionsgate would market the movie’s casting in such a manner. After all, fans are dying to know. But do we really need a press release every time a new actor is added to the line-up, especially totally unknown actors?
The first big announcement broke news that ‘Pleasantville‘ and ‘Seabiscuit‘ director Gary Ross would take the helm. Giving a potentially huge series to a relatively unknown director like Ross shook the faith of film-educated ‘Hunger Games’ fans.
Casting Jennifer Lawrence as lead character Katniss didn’t help much. Let’s be honest, how many teen ‘Hunger Games’ fans do you know who saw ‘Winter’s Bone‘? Are we to take it that film fans everywhere now have a reason to look forward to the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy, and that their love of the little-known Oscar-nominated actress has put the worry of the book-lovers to rest?
Since these announcements, we have been flooded by news of new cast members, most of them unknown children. When most of these small characters are going to die in the beginning of the series anyway, do we really need to clog our inboxes with two pages describing each new child that hasn’t a credit under his or her belt?
Aside from Ross and Lawrence, the only other castings worthy of announcements are those of Elizabeth Banks (‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno‘) and Stanley Tucci (‘Burlesque‘). Just because Liam Hemsworth starred in a Nicholas Sparks movie alongside Miley Cyrus doesn’t mean he has earned a press release of his own. The same goes for Josh Hutcherson and Wes Bentley. Hutcherson may have been in ‘The Kids Are All Right‘, but let us not forget that he was also in ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth‘ with Brendan Fraser. Bentley was in ‘American Beauty‘, but that was over a decade ago now. What has he done since then? ‘Jonah Hex‘.
Also receiving a press release of his own was Jack Quaid. Never heard of him? Of course not. He has never acted before. The only reason he received an announcement was because he is the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Let’s hope he has more Ryan DNA in him than Quaid DNA. Remember his uncle Randy? Little Jack has hazardous potential in his genes.
Being a fan of films, I love a good cast announcement – but only when it’s worth my time to open the attachment. Please, studios, don’t back-up my constantly flooding inbox with announcements of no-name kids making it in the big leagues. It just makes me jealous.