New posters from “The Hunger Games” show off principle cast.

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Wow, I must be slipping.  Apparently these character posters from The Hunger Games have been floating around for a couple of weeks, but I somehow managed to be unaware of their existence.  Check out the gallery for a look at some of the headlining cast in next year’s adaptation.

From the top, we have Cato (Alexander Ludwig), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and Rue (Amandla Stenberg).  For the most part, the characters look almost exactly as I envisioned when reading the novel, particularly Effie and Cinna.  I was worried that the filmmakers would tone down the eccentricities of the citizens of the Capitol, but it looks like that won’t be the case at all.  Good news.

The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross and adapted from the novel by Suzanne Collins, also stars Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, and Paula Malcomson.  The film will open on March 23, 2012.

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