Josh Hutcherson Loves the Catching Fire Script

Josh Hutcherson is Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

On the eve of the release of The Hunger Games on DVD, Yahoo! Movies had a chat to Josh Hutcherson to check in with him about getting ready to play Peeta Mellark again in the sequel, Catching Fire.

Josh tells them he’s pumped to be getting back into it again:

“I’m so excited it’s finally here, the time to start making it is finally here. I can’t wait to get shooting.” Given that a script didn’t exist just a few short months ago, it’s hard to believe everything is, in fact, prepped. But it is, according to Hutcherson: “I do have a script in hand and it’s awesome. I love it so much,” Hutcherson confirmed, revealing that he met with newly-installed director Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” 2007, “Water for Elephants,” 2011) to discuss the film’s vision. “We talked about how important it was to really make the movie version of the book and that was Francis’s goal from day one — and the script definitely portrays that. It’s a very true-to-the-book rendition of the movie.”

Josh is also looking forward to the challenge of showing the conflict Peeta feels as he works out the love triangle between his character, Gale and Katniss:

“It’s such a tough position that I know Peeta is put in where he is in absolute love with this girl and she acts like she’s in love with him, but he knows that she isn’t — and that is heartbreaking. As an actor, it’s something that I’m really excited play because it’s such a a conflicting emotion… It’s a very conflicting, confusing kind of thing and I can’t wait to play it out.  It’s really, really intense and exciting, I think.”

We think so too, and we just know Josh is going to do an awesome job and have us fall in love with Peeta all over again!

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