Katniss Everdeen is the very popular main character in the Suzanne Collins best seller, The Hunger Games. Jennifer Lawrence brings her to life in the film version and now Maiara Walsh will spoof The Games in a new parody called The Starving Games.
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer may as well be the kings of spoofdom. Their devious comedic minds came up with Date Movie, Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck. Now they have re-teamed for The Starving Games script. They’ll share directing responsibilities, too. Like many of their films, The Hunger Games isn’t the only film providing material for them to poke fun at. The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter also get cracked about in the upcoming comedy. Sounds like a good time to me. Maybe Iron Man will appear in the woods.
The fresh-faced Ms. Maiara Walsh currently acts as the troublesome Simone Sinclair on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth series. She knows her way around a young adult themed set. She has appeared on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and CW network series, The Vampire Diaries. Her character’s name in this one: Kantmiss Evershot, has already won a chuckle from this Hunger Games fan.
Speaking of young adult actors, from the set of Pretty Little Liars, come Brant Daugherty, who has been chosen to co-star with Walsh, playing the parody version of Gale. Gale is the best friend and hunting partner of Katniss in the original film and acted there by Liam Hemsworth.
The Starving Games is financed by Peter Safran, whoo also produced Scary Movie, Vampires Suck and Buried. Hey, that last one wasn’t funny! Filming will begin this week in New Orleans.
As much as I adore The Hunger Games, I’m sure it won’t be difficult to make fun of the plot and setting. As for the real thing, the sequel, Catching Fire is coming to the big screen in November of 2013. If you thought Katniss’ first Hunger Games was harrowing, wait until you witness The Quarter Quell. Brand new cast members include: Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair (Yes, you can swoon now, ladies!), Jeffrey Wright as Beetee, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, temptress Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, and Meta Golding as the dangerous Enobaria.
I’m still not convinced Cladlin was the best choice for Finnick, but I’ll give him a chance. I like Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, but it wouldn’t have hurt to give the part to Kristen Bell.