Week by week online chatter about the big screen adaptation of “The Hunger Games” increases. Slowly but surely, as rumor and anticipation build steam, it’s starting to look like Lionsgate may have a future box office powerhouse on its hands. Or at least that’s what Warner Bros. is thinking.

They have announced that their Clash of the Titans sequel, Wrath of the Titans will push its release back one week, from 3/23/12 to 3/30/12. The reason? They don’t want to have to compete with The Hunger Games on the 23rd. It’s not often you see a known commodity in the film world running scared from a first time feature. A sequel to a big summer movie should be a sure fire success, and here it is running away from an adaptation of a cult series of YA novels.

And meanwhile, more eyeballs keep getting put on Hunger Games director Gary Ross’ casting process. We’ve heard the possibilities for the lead role get whittled down from a short list, to a few final contenders, to it looking like Jennifer Lawrence has become the clear favorite. We’ve started to hear rumblings about the search for a male lead as well, and now The Kids Are All Right star Josh Hutcherson has began his campaign to play Peeta by letting reporters at SXSW know that he is in the running and excited about the part.

Hutcherson told those that would listen, “I love Peeta. The character is so much who I am: self-deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play. Like in the third book? Oh my God.” What he’s referring to in the third book is a turn for the character that will allow the actor cast the opportunity to play something other than generic third of a teen love triangle. I liked Hutcherson as Laser in The Kids Are All Right and I think he’s a much more appropriate pick for the humble baker’s son Peeta than the previously mentioned Alex Pettyfer. What say you fangirls?


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