Jennifer Lawrence (aka Katniss Everdeen) was reportedly offered a part in the movie The Seventh Son, and had turned down the role due to her commitment to the Hunger Games -
Offers were originally out to Beastly star Alex Pettyfer and Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, who won’t be joining now that she’s off to star in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games. Neither will Pettyfer.
As per the above statement — Alex Pettyfer was also offered a role in the movie, however he turned it down as well. Interesting, due the fact that he has been rumored to be in the running for the part of Peeta Mellark!
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Next Movie recently wrote an article weighing in on the rumors surrounding Alex Pettyfer playing the role of Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games movie.
They do not necessarily agree with Alex to play the part of Peeta, and they give 5 reasons why -
He can’t contend with the Katniss frontrunners. The short-list for “Hunger Games” protagonist Katniss Everdeen has reportedly narrowed down to a handful of talented young actresses, including no less than four Oscar nominees (Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Lawrence, Saoirse Ronan, and Hailee Steinfeld). The actor who plays Katniss’s love interest needs the acting chops to help carry what could be the biggest YA franchise since that glittery vampire love story. Based on his last two performances, in “I Am Number Four” and “Beastly,” we’re concerned that Pettyfer’s not up to the task.
He’s *too* hot. Seriously, it’s distracting and not in a good way. If anything, it’s Gale — Peeta’s rival for Katniss’ affection– who’s more the heartthrob (but he’s also olive-skinned, dark-haired and has lived a hard life of hunting and coal-mining — so he’s also not a good fit for Pettyfer). Looking at the slate of potential Katnisses, they’re all lovely but not a one of them is a young supermodel type. Talent first, hotness second, please!
He’s not yet a box-office draw. His back-to-back teen flicks haven’t become hits. “Beastly” opened third this weekend and “I Am Number Four” has made just a tad more than $46 million in the past two weeks. We’re not sure if the rumor he initially asked for $10 million to play Jace is true, but casting agents seem more in love with him than audiences.
Access Hollywood has a new interview with Alex Pettyfer. When asked about possibly being cast as Peeta Mellark, here is what Alex had to say -
Casting for the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ beloved novel is still undecided, but Alex told Access Hollywood that he’s met with producers about the role of Peeta Mellark.
“Yes I did,” Alex told Access on Thursday at the “Beastly” premiere in Los Angeles when asked about the role of Katniss Everdeen’s closet ally in the story that pits children against each other in a competitive duel to the death.
“Yes, but undecided yet, still [waiting] to see a script,” Alex added.
Alex would be a GREAT choice if they are going for a more mature cast. I cannot see him being pared up with Hailee Steinfeld though, more of a Jennifer Lawerence.
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