Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi join ‘The Hunger Games’

Amandala Stenberg (L) Dayo Okeniyi (R)

Black actors are landing more Sci-fi action roles as of late. The latest casting buzz is for the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster “The Hunger Games” trilogy. Could this be the new Twilight phenom? Here’s a synopsis of the film:

In 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.

In Collins’ books, career tributes are children who spend their lifetime training for the battle-to-the-death Hunger Games and volunteer to participate. The District 11 tributes, Rue and Thresh, will be played by newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi.

The fllm was cast by Debra Zane and will be directed by Gary Ross. Lionsgate is producing the flick.

The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23, 2012

Photos: Kat Ward