Surprise, Peeta Mellark Has A Brother In Catching Fire, And He Looks Eerily Like Josh Hutcherson

Isaac King Peeta Mellark brother Catching Fire Josh Hutcherson looks likeI often joke about not being quite as big of a Hunger Games fan as the other panelists on our weekly podcast, but now I can definitely say I’m a bad fan: I had no idea that Peeta Mellark has not one but two brothers! At least one of them will be appearing in Catching Fire, if the rumors are true: An unknown actor named Isaac King has allegedly been cast in the sequel and starts filming tomorrow.

Props to Hunger Games Trilogy for catching wind of this! It started yesterday, when an actor named Danny Williams tweeted that his buddy Isaac had been cast. When HGT followed up, Isaac seemed to confirm the casting, because he said he couldn’t talk about when filming commences but didn’t deny anything.

Isaac King Peeta Mellark brother Catching Fire Josh Hutcherson looks like Twitter Danny Williams

At first I was wary, because Danny speaks with a lot of authority for someone who’s also an aspiring actor. (One of his recent tweets is about how he should play Anastasia Steele’s other love interest Jose in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.) But then I noticed that Danny’s original tweet seems to have been deleted, Isaac’s Twitter account is entirely gone, and Isaac’s blog is now password-protected despite HGT being able to grab a photo from it the other day. So, it seems like they’re not allowed to talk about it anymore, which we’re tempted to take as confirmation. Still, we’ll wait until we hear the official word from Lionsgate.

Isaac King Peeta Mellark brother Catching Fire Josh Hutcherson looks like Twitter Danny WilliamsIn the meantime, let’s look at Isaac! It’s surprising just how much he resembles Josh Hutcherson in facial shape, especially Josh from the Kids Are All Right era. According to the fan wiki, Peeta has an older and younger brother—the one who’s 19-23 in the first book would’ve been too old to volunteer in Peeta’s place at the reaping, whereas the younger one (17-18) could’ve but chose not to. But in Catching Fire, Peeta winds up volunteering when his fellow District 12 winner Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) gets picked. So why they’re bringing in the brothers in this movie, I’m not sure of.

Unless! The producers plan to show us a lot more of District 12 while Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta are in the Games. That way we’ll see Gale (Liam Hemsworth) taking care of Katniss’ family, and I guess the Mellarks watching Peeta on his second go-round in a year. Do you agree that double the Mellark is double the fun, or are you so overloaded on casting tidbits already?

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    • Amy <3

      Just make the movie and get it in the theaters already! LOL

      • nataliecrush


    • Kim

      It’s so that what happens at the end of the book and in Mockingjay makes it even more emotionally devastating for Peeta. You know, when his whole family…(spoiler alert!)

      • nataliecrush

        Ohhhh yeah! I guess they’re laying that emotional groundwork now, in Catching Fire.

    • Mary Jo Hernandez

      The reason they are showing more of district 12 is because literally, the first 110 pages is in district 12 unlike in the first one where it only spent like 2 1/2 chapters there.

      • nataliecrush

        Yeah, I will be curious to see how Peeta’s family treats him now that he’s a victor, considering their not-really-affectionate relationship before the Games. I honestly can’t remember from the books if they treat him any differently.

    • ACM

      Um, according to the first book, both of Peeta’s brothers are older than he is–Peeta’s the youngest. Katniss reflects on this during the first reaping, noting that what she did as an older sibling taking the place of a younger sibling is “the radical thing.” If the Catching Fire screen play depicts this brother as younger than Peeta, it would play down the viewer’s anger that an older brother would not step up to take Peeta’s place. But it would also highlight the tragedy that Kim refers to and perhaps draw a parallel to Katniss’ relationship to Prim?

      • nataliecrush

        But wasn’t one of the brothers too old to volunteer? That’s what the fan wiki says, but unfortunately I don’t have my book on hand to double-check. Yeah, I agree about drawing a parallel with younger siblings. Maybe also so we feel like Peeta has people to take care of the way Katniss looks after Prim? Because it seems like his parents aren’t that sympathetic.