‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson: What’s Next?

Post-Peeta, the actor has a horror/comedy film and 'Red Dawn' on the horizon.
By Kara Warner

Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games"
Photo: Lionsgate

Those of you who've seen "The Hunger Games" will more than likely agree with our sentiment that there are a number of things to love about the weekend's box-office dominator. The film's success is first and foremost due to author Suzanne Collins' brilliance, followed by director Gary Ross' sleek and stylish take on the adaptation and, of course, the performances of the very talented cast.

One of those standout performances is Josh Hutcherson's portrayal of loyal and lovable boy with the bread Peeta Mellark. He's so good in the film we just can't wait to see what he does with the character's arc in "Catching Fire." Unfortunately, we have to wait about 20 months until that happens, so in the meantime, here's a look at where and when you can see more of Hutcherson's work on the big screen.

First up is the R-rated teen horror/comedy film "Detention," which hits select theaters April 13. In the uniquely twisted and slightly outrageous film, Hutcherson plays Clapton Davis, a student of Grizzly Lake High School just trying to make it through the school year when slasher-movie killer Cinderhella descends on the school and goes on a killing spree. "Detention" played at last year's South by Southwest film festival and received many surprised-but-delighted reactions. It also stars Dane Cook, Shanley Caswell and Spencer Locke.

After watching a different side of Hutcherson's skills in "Detention," look for the coming-of-age drama "Carmel," in which Hutcherson plays an artistically gifted teenager who is abandoned by his drug-addicted mother and ends up in the small seaside town of Carmel, California, where he is introduced to the art-forgery community. Hayden Panettiere and Alfred Molina also star. According to the film's Facebook page, the release date for the film will be sometime in June, to be timed with the DVD/Blu-ray releases of "Hunger Games" and "Journey 2."

In November, we'll get to see more of Hutcherson's action-movie skills in the remake of the 1984 film "Red Dawn," the release of which has been long-delayed due to the studio's financial troubles. The story revolves around a group of teenagers who resist the occupation/invasion of a foreign army in their town. Hutcherson stars alongside Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and Isabel Lucas.

After "Red Dawn" comes out, we very likely won't see Hutcherson on the big screen again until next year, when "Catching Fire" is released November 22, 2013.

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