The fabulous Woody Harrelson has been cast as Haymitch Abernathy in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ worldwide smash hit novel. It is a casting decision that director Garry Ross is grateful for, given that, as he says, “Haymitch Abernathy is such an unforgettable character: funny, cranky, outrageous, sarcastic, impatient, biting but ultimately kind.”
Given the description, I definitely agree that Harrelson is a perfect match and I can’t wait to see him in action! Read more about the movie and Harrelson’s role below!
A Hunger Games victor himself, Haymitch has assumed the role of official mentor to all future tributes in his native District 12. Though he was strong and attractive in his youth, his years of hard living following his own experiences in the arena have rendered him jaded and unfocused to say the least. He begins to show signs of reinvigoration when he finally sees in Katniss and Peeta a par if spirited tirbutes- true contenders whose fate might actually hinge on his advice and guidance.
As for the film, every ear in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former vicar Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weight survival against humanity and life against love.
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