Rue & Thresh Have Been Cast In ‘The Hunger Games’


In March we learned that Jennifer Lawrence won the coveted lead role as Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming film adaption of the hugely successful novel The Hunger Games. A few weeks ago, we learned that the male leads Peeta and Gale will be played by actors Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth respectively. Today we learn from Entertainment Weekly magazine that the characters Rue and Thresh, the tributes from District 11, have been cast as well. Newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi will play Rue and Thresh in the big screen adaptation.

Lionsgate has set its sights on District 11: EW has confirmed exclusively that the studio has cast Hollywood newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg as Thresh and Rue in the adaptation of the Suzanne Collins trilogy, directed by Gary Ross. Okeniyi, playing the intimidatingly strong tribute, has appeared in a short called Eyes to See and an upcoming horror film, Slew Hampshire. Stenberg, who is on board as Katniss’ arena ally Rue, has roles in the September’s Colombiana and the telefilm Taste of Romance. The Hunger Games is due to release March 23, 2012.

These are 2 of my fave characters of The Hunger Games, and altho I don’t know either Amandla or Dayo’s work, they sure look the parts they have been cast to play. There has been a lot of talk about having Willow Smith play the role of Rue but clearly that’s not the way the studio wanted to go. There are still 2 sets of tributes from Districts 1 – 10 to be cast — 20 more roles … PLUS, other major roles like Katniss’s family, Haymitch and more. I’m really curious to see who else will get a role in The Hunger Games. Any casting news, to be honest, is exciting for me. I wonder who’ll get cast next. As for these two actors, what do you think of their casting in The Hunger Games?


  • Chivonne

    Johnny Depp as Haymitch? And these two are perfect!

  • Vicky

    I was thinking Mickey Rourke for Haymitch or Jeff Bridges

  • kayla collins

    I am SOOOOO excited about this movie!!
    Its because of you i read these books and they quickly became some of my faves, im reading them over again now!!

    Love from Ireland :) x

  • Joanna

    I can see why they wanted Willow Smith in this movie but didn’t go that way. However this girl looks almost exactly like Willow.

  • Joan

    I SO looking forward to Haymitch casting! His character is possibly my favorite of the first two books of the series. He’s Hugh Laurie in my head. (Please, no Micky Rougue.)

  • beth

    haymitch should be paul giamatti

    • @beth — OOH, good casting idea ;)

    • gracesmommy

      I like the idea of him playing Haymitch too!! I love him!!

  • jack

    Hugh Laurie should be haymitch. perfect match IMO

  • Carrie

    I always see Gary Oldman when I think of Haymitch. Or sometimes Jeff Bridges.

    Love this casting for Rue, though, she is ADORABLE and exactly what I’d have picked!

  • Brady

    Omg I soo agree @joan hugh laurie would rock!

  • Lulu

    Cuuuuute casting for Rue!! :)

  • kellye

    This little girl is perfect for Rue, but that character is heartbreaking. So sad…

  • Jax

    Perfect casting for Rue and Thresh. I’m very unhappy with the casting of Peeta, Gale & Katniss, but hopefully they’ll do a great job portraying the characters. :)

  • Le3

    Perfect casting for these two..and I agree with some of the comments about Hugh Laurie playing Haymitch.