Hunger Games Update: John C. Reilly Has Not Been Offered Haymitch Role; Casting Still Open
After tossing around a few casting ideas of our own for the juicy role of Haymitch in The Hunger Games, Vulture reported that John C. Reilly had been offered the part of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark's drunken mentor. The only problem (aside from Reilly's look -- which fans argue may not be right for Haymitch) is that according to Reilly's rep, the Oscar nominee was never offered the role.
According to a statement from Reilly's rep, "John does not have an offer. NY Mag never fact checked with anyone."
Of course, that does not mean that the actor is not close to securing an offer. Reilly was reportedly in discussions to join James Franco (and possibly Hilary Swank) in Sam Raimi's Oz, the Great and the Powerful before dropping out for The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins' big-screen adaptation has already secured Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields and, after a casting update today, unknowns Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott as District 3 tributes.
Are you still hoping that Reilly lands the role of the only surviving District 12-er to win the Hunger Games? Or are you crossing fingers in hopes that Robert Downey, Jr. or Hugh Laurie land the charming Haymitch character?