Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson to lead James Franco’s The Long Home

The star, who plays Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games, is set to star in Franco's adaptation of William Gay's novel The Long Home

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Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is swapping Panem for the Deep South in new film The Long Home. 

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The 22-year-old star, who plays Peeta Mellark opposite Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen in the hit post-apocalyptic film franchise, is set to take on the leading role in the movie, based on William Gay’s novel. 

Hutcherson will play a young man called Nathan Winer in 1940s in rural Tennessee who finds himself unwittingly working for the man who killed his father 10 years earlier, reports Variety

This isn’t the first time Hutcherson and Franco have worked together. Hutcherson was cast in another of Franco’s films In Dubious Battle, based on the John Steinbeck novel.

Franco will direct, produce and, it would seem, star in The Long Home. He shared the first image from the set of his latest flick yesterday, showcasing an elaborate tattoo of the devil on his torso:

 

?The Long Home.? ?(Image is gonna be leaked anyway, so here it is first. EXCLUSIVE)?

A photo posted by James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) on May 2, 2015 at 10:34am PDT

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Hutcherson will next been seen in the final Hunger Games outing, Mockingjay Part 2, which will hit cinemas in November.


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