Cast Roundup: New Projects from Hutcherson, Hemsworth, Fuhrman, Cohen
Now that the first two Hunger Games movies have been filmed, our very talented cast is making use of their time off to participate in other projects. Here’s a bit of a roundup of what some of them have been up to recently in the industry.
The Wrap revealed this week that our Peeta, Josh Hutcherson, has signed up to not only star in, but also produce, a dark psychological thriller titled Ape. The story deals with the struggles of a young man with mental illness. Josh’s production company, JetLag, will be at the helm of the project, along with Bree Herzog’s Atomic Owl, and the film will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, known for his work on Jude Law and Forest Whitaker’s Repo Men.
“We strongly believe in the global appeal of this project and we’re excited to work with Bree Herzog and team” said Hutcherson. “‘Ape’ is a passion project for us and to see it get made would truly be a dream come true.”
Also, Josh’s latest project, the animated movie Epic, opened in theaters this Friday to favorable reviews from critics. He recently talked to Teen Vogue about the film, particularly about how different the experience of doing animation voice-over is to actually performing for the cameras. ”It’s so weird seeing someone else’s face with my words,” he commented.
Josh is still in Panama filming the Pablo Escobar drama Paradise Lost, but you can catch Epic in theaters now!
Ironically, Josh is not the only Hunger Games star playing a surfer these days: Yahoo! Movies reports that Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale, has now joined the cast of the action movie Aurora Rising from Relativity Media. In the film, Liam will play a surfer-turned-military-man who joins an elite team of test pilots who end up in the middle of an international conflict.
You may recall that some months back, Liam wrapped filming another movie for Relativity, an espionage thriller called Paranoia, alongside big Hollywood names such as Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Amber Heard. The film will open in theaters on August 16th, but in the meantime a new still from the movie has been released, and let’s just say that Liam fans are guaranteed to like this one…
It was announced on Thursday that Isabelle Fuhrman, who played Clove in the first Hunger Games film, has joined the cast of the Kevin Connolly film Dear Eleanor. According to Deadline, the movie is “a coming-of-age story about two teenage girls who travel across the U.S. in 1962 during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis in search of Eleanor Roosevelt.” Filming has already begun in Colorado, and Just Jared Jr. has released pictures from the set. (Thanks to HG Girl on Fire for the tip!)
And last but not least, Lynn Cohen, who will play Mags in Catching Fire, has joined the cast of the theater play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. According to BroadwayWorld.com, the play “follows Marjorie Taub (played by Marsha Mason), a middle-aged Upper West Side doctor’s wife who is plunged into a mid-life crisis on an epic scale when a former childhood friend reappears.” Performances will run from August 15th to September 1st at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA.
We wish all the best to our talented cast members in their new projects!