Forget Team Jacob versus Team Edward. The real question is: Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale? With the recent release of Mockingjay, the final installment of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling Hunger Games book trilogy, casting can begin for the movie. The rights to the story of Katniss Everdeen — a girl living in a society where teens are forced into an annual televised fight to the death — are owned by Lionsgate, and while the studio says it doesn’t have anyone in place yet, the avid fan speculation hasn’t gone unnoticed. ”The reader suggestions have been inspiring,” says Lionsgate’s Alli Shearmur. ”Some of the actresses who fans have identified as the best potential Katniss are being considered.” We asked EW.com readers who they’d like to see in the film version.
Katniss (heroic Hunger Games fighter)
Winner Kaya Scodelario (39%)
Best Known For: Britain’s Skins, Clash of the Titans
Runner-up Alexandra Daddario (19%)
Best Known For: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Peeta (Katniss’ games partner)
Winner Hunter Parrish (40%)
Best Known For: playing Mary-Louise Parker’s oldest son on Showtime’s Weeds
Runner-up Alex Pettyfer (22%)
Best Known For: 2011’s Beastly
Gale (Katniss’ rebellious best friend)
Winner Gaspard Ulliel (40%)
Best Known For: playing the young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising
Runner-up Drew Roy (38%)
Best Known For: Hannah Montana and iCarly
Effie (Katniss’ media-savvy mentor)
Winner Kristin Chenoweth (51%)
Best Known For: Pushing Daisies, Broadway’s Wicked
Runner-up Emily Blunt (15%)
Best Known For: The Devil Wears Prada and The Young Victoria
Haymitch (former games victor and a drunk)
Winner Hugh Laurie (37%)
Best Known For: his Emmy-nominated role on House
Runner-up Robert Downey Jr. (36%)
Best Known For: He is Iron Man!
Julie Chen wants more dancing
Big Brother host Julie Chen, who blogs weekly about the show on EW.com, shares some thoughts on the past season:
· The endless dance-athon might be one of the most clever punishments Big Brother has ever devised. I call for that to be a permanent rule inside the house — whenever houseguests hear music, they are required to break into dance.
· Does it seem that the houseguests’ final pleas during our live eviction shows are growing increasingly warm and fuzzy? I’m not sure that I could muster up the phrase ”I love all of you” as they’re ripping $500,000 from my pocket.
Rating real-life cinematic couples
R We’ll see how steamy paramours Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan are when Wall Street 2 opens Sept. 24, but true heat doesn’t always translate to film.
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Zoolander (2001)
B Stiller directed and played the title character, a dim-witted male model, while Taylor appeared as the Time reporter he falls for. (And don’t forget that orgy with the dwarfs.)
Heat rating 2 hearts
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Ali (2001)
Smith played boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and Pinkett Smith portrayed his first wife. That marriage lasted a year and a half. The Smiths are approaching 13 years.
Heat rating 3 1/2 hearts
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman Far and Away (1992)/Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
The onetime spouses teamed up as immigrants in 1890s America in Ron Howard’s epic, and as a sexually frustrated Manhattan pair in Stanley Kubrick’s thriller.
Heat rating Far 1 1/2 hearts Eyes 1 heart
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall The Big Sleep (1946)
Bogart played a detective courting a client’s daughter (Bacall). To exploit their chemistry, the studio reshot new scenes, including that suggestive conversation about horse racing.
Heat rating 5 hearts