Josh Hutcherson Confirmed as Peeta & Liam Hemsworth as Gale in ‘Hunger Games’

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The search for Peeta is over!

After much speculation as to who would take on the coveted role of Peeta in the upcoming book-turned-film Hunger Games, Lionsgate has officially confirmed that Josh Hutcherson will star in the film alongside Jennifer Lawrence, who will take on the role of Katniss Everdeen’s ally and eventual love interest.

Also confirmed is Miley Cyrus’ on-again, off-again beau Liam Hemsworth who landed the role of Gale who shares a special, non-romantic bond with main character Katniss.

Josh, 18, beat out others such as I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer and Hunter Parrish to win the role of Peeta in the Gary Ross directed film, about a post-apocalyptic world, which is slated to hit theaters in 2012.

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