New Line/Warner Bros. has also announced that Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is coming to theaters on January 27, 2012. The sequel, featuring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman and Kristen Davis, will face thriller One for the Money on that date.
While the Internet rages with debate over the Hunger Games casting of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale, respectively, the important decision makers, including the books’ author Suzanne Collins, have no doubts. “I was fortunate enough to be in the room with Gary Ross when Josh came in to audition,” said Collins, in a statement. “Three lines into the read I knew he’d be fantastic. Josh totally captured Peeta’s temperament, his sense of humor and his facility for language. I’m thrilled to have him aboard.”
‘The Hunger Games’: Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth complete the love triangle.
Hutcherson “The Hunger Games” has nabbed its boys. Lionsgate announced today that “The Kids Are All Right” star Josh Hutcherson (left) will play opposite Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss as fellow competitor Peeta Mellark while teen heartthrob Liam Hemsworth (“The Last Song”) will take the role of childhood friend/love interest Gale Hawthorne.
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Oscar night the first for Hutcherson.
On Jan. 25, Union, Ky. native Josh Hutcherson was in North Carolina, working on the sequel to 2008′s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” when the text messages and phone calls started pouring in. Lots of them, all at once.
The news: “The Kids are All Right,” the low-budget film about a lesbian couple’s children who are searching for their sperm-donor father, had scored four Oscar nominations: Best picture, best original screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg), best leading actress (Annette Bening) and best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo). Hutcherson plays Laser, the son of the couple played by Bening and Julianne Moore, in the Focus Features film.
“It was a very exciting moment,” said Hutcherson, 18.