It took years of breathlessly reported rumors, auditions and negotiations before Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth were announced as the leads in Gary Ross‘ The Hunger Games. Happily, it looks like the casting process is moving much more quickly for the other roles in the film.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Elizabeth Banks was in negotiations for the role of District 12′s Capitol liaison Effie Trinket, while unknowns Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg would be playing the parts of District 11 tributes Thresh and Rue. Now, Leven Rambin and Jack Quaid have been cast as District 1 tributes Glimmer and Marvel. Read more after the jump.
Rambin has worked for several years as a regular on All My Children, and has also appeared on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, One Tree Hill and Wizards of Waverly Place. Quaid is best known as the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Quaid the Younger hasn’t racked up too many acting credits yet. In fact, The Hunger Games will be his cinematic debut. We’ll find out when The Hunger Games opens whether he’s inherited the acting gene from his famous parents.
Marvel doesn’t get much of a physical description in Suzanne Collins‘ book, but Glimmer is described as a gorgeous girl with blond hair and green eyes — so Rambin certainly looks the part. In the novel, District 1 is one of the wealthier districts of the futuristic country of Panem, and provides luxury goods for the Capitol (hence the snazzy names — other District 1 characters include “Cashmere” and “Gloss”).
With the tributes from Districts 1, 11, and 12 confirmed, that still leaves 18 competitors left to go. Additionally, one major adult role that still needs to be filled is that of Peeta and Katniss’ mentor Haymitch. We haven’t heard much yet about who Ross is considering for the remaining characters, but at the rate casting is going now, it’s likely we’ll be getting updates soon.