Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Land Hunger Games Roles
04/04/2011 AT 02:55 PM EDT
Hutcherson's lovesick baker-boy will compete for the affections of Katniss (to be portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, 20) with her strapping hunting partner Gale, to be played by 21-year-old Liam Hemsworth, a.k.a. Miley Cyrus's on-again, off-again beau).
The teen love triangle comes to a head in a televised, to-the-death match that finds tough-gal Katniss determining her own fate. That heated combat is where the movie, out March 23, 2012, gets its name.
With shooting to start in May, expect Hutcherson, whose Peeta is described as having "ashy blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead," to get a dye job – and maybe a perm! – pronto.