First Pics: Josh Hutcherson Starts Filming for ‘Hunger Games’ (PHOTOS)

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Get excited Hunger Games fans – the stars of the new film are trickling down to North Carolina to start filming of the sure-to-be-epic movie!

Star Josh Hutcherson was spotted milling around on set in a black t-shirt and blue jeans. At one point, the hunky actor – who is dating Vanessa Hudgens – was spotted talking to someone behind a screen as his co-star Paula Malcomson looked on.

In the film, Josh will portray Peeta Mellark, one of the main protagonists of the popular book series.

Also on set: 30 Rock beauty Elizabeth Banks (who welcomed a baby boy in March) and newcomer Willow Shields.

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