10:46am PT by Philiana Ng
'Hunger Games' Casts Newcomer as Katniss' Sister, Prim Everdeen
Lionsgate’s Hunger Games movie has found Katniss’ younger sister, Primrose Everdeen.
Newcomer Willow Shields (In Plain Sight) has landed the role, nicknamed Prim in the books, the studio announced Wednesday. The actress joins Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale.
Prim plays a pivotal role in the first book of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy that leads to Katniss’ harrowing ways.
In addition, four tributes have been cast: Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin will play District 1’s Marvel and Glimmer, and Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg will portray District 11’s Thresh and Rue.
Elizabeth Banks is also in talks to join the Gary Ross-directed project as Katniss’ handler Effie Trinket.
Hunger Games will be produced by Nina Jacobson and Color Force. It will be released on the big screen March 23, 2012.
Shields can be seen in the upcoming CBS telefilm Beyond the Blackboard, airing Sunday.