Last Friday’s highly anticipated release of the movie ‘The Hunger Games” pulled in a cool $155 million and delighted moviegoers nationwide. But for some fans, the casting people of color in key roles was a disappointment.
Fans went straight to the Internet to express their outrage that two of the main characters Rue and Thresh, Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi respectively, were African American. Some also were disappointed that Cinna, Katniss’ stylist, was played by Lenny Kravitz.
In her book, Suzanne Collins clearly describes Rue and Thresh as having dark brown skin and dark eyes. Cinna was described as having green eyes and short brown hair, meaning his ethnicity was open to interpretation.
Read more here Watching ‘The Hunger Games’ through a racial lens