It seems we could be closer to finding out who will star as the two male leads alongside Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games. Josh Hutcherson is the top candidate to portray Peeta, while Liam Hemsworth is the front runner to play Gale.

/the-hunger-games-eyes-josh-hutcherson-and-lucas-till-for-peeta/A week ago today, we reported that both Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth were reading for the Peeta and Gale roles. Alexander Ludwig, Hunter Parrish, Lucas Till, and Evan Peters also read for Peeta, while David Henrie, Robbie Amell, and Drew Roy tested for Gale. Lionsgate has not made any offers to Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth yet, though.

Peeta Mellark is the character chosen to accompany Katniss Everdeen to the games, who also expresses his love for the heroine. Gale is Katniss' hunting partner in The Hunger Games.

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Gary Ross is directing The Hunger Games from a script by Billy Ray, which is adapted from the Suzanne Collins novel.