Liam Hemsworth will be starring in Hunger Games, alongside Josh Hutcherson, it has been confirmed.
Liam, who last appeared opposite Miley Cyrus in The Last Song, is set to play Gale Hawthorne while The Kids Are All Right actor Josh will portray baker's son Peeta Mellark in Gary Ross' big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' sci-fi novels, Deadline reported.
"Lionsgate and the filmmakers of The Hunger Games are pleased to announce that actor Josh Hutcherson has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne," a statement from the film company said.
Both characters Peeta and Gale will rival for the affections of heroine Katniss Everdeen, who is to be played by Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence.
The film is expected to be the first in a forthcoming trilogy, based on the books of the same name.