Josh Hutcherson Would Absolutely Return as Peeta in the Hunger Games Prequel
Josh Hutcherson, who played Peeta Mellark on The Hunger Games franchise, says he would be open to returning for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
ET reports that Josh Hutcherson would be open to returning to The Hunger Games universe, particularly in the upcoming prequel based off of Collins’ book. When asked if Hutcherson would have a role in the film, he admits that he isn’t sure but would be “100%” open to the opportunity if it came up. He also adds that he isn’t certain what the prequel’s plot will be about, other than it sets the stage for the events of The Hunger Games trilogy.
In addition, Hutcherson emphasizes that he would be particularly open to working with his fellow cast members again. He highlights that he loves “that whole cast and crew,” and if some of them could be involved, he would be open to filming without question. This statement goes hand-in-hand with his earlier conversation with the interviewer, where he remarks that he was extremely close to both Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth – who played Katniss and Gale, respectively. While the three have kept in touch over the years, their reunions these days are now all through Zoom. That being said, seeing the three together in action would be nothing short of a treat for die-hard Hunger Games fans.
Although it’s been nearly a decade since The Hunger Games came alive through the first movie, it’s heartwarming to hear that the leading trio has remained close. For now, though, their potential reunion on the set of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes remains a point of uncertainty, especially since the film is set years in advance of the Hunger Games trilogy. Even so, the world of The Hunger Games is nothing if not mysterious, so there just might be room for a Hutcherson cameo in the future.