Josh Hutcherson Joins James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist'

Josh Hutcherson Joins James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist'

Dec 07, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

As Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games franchise, Josh Hutcherson found great success and enjoyed a huge upswing in popularity. From a young man with a crush on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), he grew into a very capable warrior who must then endure an extended period of torture before returning to the side of the rebels in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (above).

With the conclusion of the series, will Hutcherson seek another big studio franchise in which to star? Will he head toward independent films? Or try and mix amd match the two? As a youngster, Hutcherson evidently had a burning desire to act, prompting his family to move from Kentucky to Los Angeles to give him greater opportunities. That move paid off, with young Hutcherson almost immediately landing roles in television shows and movies. He worked steadily during the next few years, perhaps most notably in the indie drama The Kids Are All Right (2010) and the action-adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).

The four Hunger Games movies have absorbed most of his time over the past few years, but with news on his latest casting, a pattern has emerged. Hutcherson has already completed work on two indie movies with actor and director James Franco -- In Dubious Battle and The Long Home -- and is now in talks for a third, The Disaster Artist, according to Variety.

Josh Hutcherson

While the first two are dramas based on novels by John Steinbeck and William Gay, respectively, The Disaster Artist is a comedy about The Room, which has become a midnight favorite, known as one of the worst movies ever made. (It's an opinion that is not shared by filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, by the way.) James Franco will star as Wiseau, his brother Dave Franco will portray actor Greg Sestero and Hutcherson will play another actor, Philip Haldiman.

Of course, Hutcherson's burst of activity in the indie film scene doesn't mean he's taking himself off the marketplace for big-budget blockbusters. He was touted at one point to return for Journey 3 with Dwayne Johnson, for example, though that's still up in the air. His willingness to tackle a variety of projects speaks well of his career objectives, and though it may be hard to believe, he's still just 23 years old! We look forward to following him for years to come.

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