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Young, rising star Amandla Stenberg is already busy lining up her films. As a relative newcomer, she’s already got some top roles in major motion pictures.
Lions Gate, in conjunction with producer Color Force, is bringing author Suzanne Collins’ book (“The Hunger Games“) to the big screen. The cast is made up primarily of newcomers and unknowns, but the buzz is that this futuristic thriller will make the careers of some cast members whose roles are anchored by some of Hollywood’s elite.
Amandla Stenberg will play the role of Rue alongside Dayo Okeniyi, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and others. According to IMDB.com, “The Hunger Games” is:
(i)n a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
Amandla is also starring as the young Cataleya Restrepo (starring Zoe Saldana), an assassin in the film “Colombiana.”
Colombiana is will be released this year, and The Hunger games will be released in 2012.