‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg Featured in Vanity Fair

Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg are two names you should get very familiar with. The rising actors were two of just three black talents cast in starring roles for the forthcoming blockbuster ‘The Hunger Games.’

The film, based off of the wildly popular Suzanne Collins book trilogy, wrapped production two months ago. Games centers around children forced to fight in televised death matches.

Raised in Lagos Nigeria, Okeniyi (Pronounced Okay-ni-yii) landed the role of District 11 tribute fighter Thresh earlier this year. Los Angeles native Stenberg landed the role of District 11 tribute fighter Rue.

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The cast shared their stories about how they landed their parts, and what the audition process was like.

Okeniyi tells Vanity Fair, “It was pretty incredible how it happened, to be honest. I had just been introduced to my current managers, who decided to give me a shot, and believe it or not, my first audition with them was The Hunger Games. I worked very hard, prepared, and did the best I could in my audition. The day I was supposed to go in for my final test with Gary Ross, I got a call that my test had been canceled. Momentarily devastated, my managers went on to tell me that the reason it was canceled was because I had gotten the part!”

While Stenberg took a more direct approach during her audition.

“I showed up to my audition with Gary wearing a muddy T-shirt and khakis. In my hair were twigs and leaves, as if I had been living in the woods for weeks.[Gary] joked that I came with my own hair-and-wardrobe team.”

The December issue of Vanity Fair is currently on stands. The official trailer for ‘The Hunger Games’ will debut Monday, Nov. 11 on Good Morning America at 8am EST. While the film is scheduled to be release on March 23, 2012.

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