Given Lionsgate’s tendency to trickle out The Hunger Games info one tiny bit at a time, you could be forgiven for rolling your eyes at yet another round of news on Gary Ross‘ dystopian teen epic. But happily, today’s offering is one of the most interesting things we’ve seen come out of the marketing team in a while.

The studio has just released eight brand-new character posters for the film, offering close-up profiles of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Rue (Amandla Stenberg), and Cato (Alexander Ludwig). And trust me, they’re way more exciting than those district seals that were released earlier this month. Check ’em out after the jump.

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Thresh and Rue Cast In ‘The Hunger Games’

Director Gary Ross has just cast two important supporting roles in his adaptation of the Suzanne Collins book The Hunger Games. He’d already announced that Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence would play Katniss Everdeen, the main character, and that her main men – Peeta and Gale – would be portrayed by Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth respectively. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In the story, the government selects two children, called “tributes,” from each of the 12 districts to compete in the titular games, a televised battle to the death. Katniss and Peeta are from District 12 and now the District 11 tributes Thresh, a big, burly male and Rue, a small but capable female, have been given faces. They’ll be portrayed by newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amanda Stenberg. Read more after the jump. Read More »