Wes Bentley lands plum role in ‘The Hunger Games’


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Wes Bentley, the once up-and-comer who starred in ‘American Beauty’ but then got caught up in a debilitating drug habit, is rebuilding his career with a plum role in Lionsgate’s highly anticipated ‘The Hunger Games.’

The 34-year-old actor will play Seneca Crane, the head game-maker of the 74th annual Hunger Games, which pit heroine Katniss Everdeen and her childhood acquaintance Peeta Mellark against one another and 22 other teenagers in a life-threatening competition.


He joins Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and others in the film based on the uber-popular teen series ‘The Hunger Games’ from Suzanne Collins.

Director Gary Ross is expected to begin production soon.

Bentley can next be seen in the drama from Roland Joffe called ‘There Be Dragons,’ which opens in limited release Friday.


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-- Nicole Sperling

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