‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson to Lead James Franco’s ‘The Long Home’

The film is based on the novel of the same name by William Gay

Josh Hutcherson will star in the upcoming James Franco-directed drama “The Long Home,”an individual with knowledge of the project has told TheWrap.

Hutcherson is best known for the role of Peeta Mellark, Katniss Everdeen’s fellow tribute in “The Hunger Games” franchise.

The film is based on the William Gay novel of the same name. Set in 1940s Tennessee, a young man (Hutcherson) finds himself working for the very bootlegger who killed his father 10 years earlier. This marks the second collaboration for Hutcherson and Franco, as Franco cast Hutcherson in his adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel “In Dubious Battle.”

Franco may star in “The Long Home” as well as direct. He is producing under his Rabbit Bandini banner alongside Jay Davis and Vince Jolivette. Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve are executive producing.

Hutcherson will next appear in the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2” in November. He is repped by CAA, The Beddingfield Company and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.