You know that Catching Fire is finally kicking into serious business when Josh Hutcherson officially goes blonde. The past few weeks have seen Plutarch Heavensbee, Johanna Mason, Wiress, and Mags cast… and now we have our Peeta Mellark back! I had forgotten how marked the difference is between naturally brunette Josh and blonde Josh. It’s almost like he has a secret identity! Brunette Josh tweets out “YOLO” and tries to buy alcohol despite being underage; blonde Josh will pretend to marry brunette Jennifer Lawrence and then enter into an Arena filled with bloody rain and the screams of his loved ones.
But Josh and the cast are still several weeks away from commencing Catching Fire filming, so what has he been up to lately? @LALIVE tweeted this photos of Josh participating in one of his many celebrity basketball games; this one benefits Straight But Not Narrow, the LGBT organization he’s a spokesperson for. You can check out some photos of him in action at Hypable; the 3-on-3 game happens tomorrow, August 3rd.
Commenters are glad to have Peeta back, but several have complained about it being too obvious a dye job; one pointed out that right now it looks like he just bleached his hair. I figure that it’ll be like last year, when our first view of blonde Josh was jarringly bright, but by the time The Hunger Games came out, he’d been through enough mud and fake gore (not to mention forest camouflage) that it had darkened to a more natural blonde.
As far as we know, Liam Hemsworth hasn’t yet dyed his hair dark to play Gale. It’s funny how all three stars have to switch up their natural color, but once that’s done it’ll be like the Captain Planet kids putting their rings together. Then the adventure can start!