First thing’s first: Yes, Josh Hutcherson would still like to play Spider-Man. We talked to the 22-year-old Hunger Games star last week on the eve of his new Project Imagination collaboration with director-producer Ron Howard, and we brought up his previous superhero aspirations. When Hutcherson was 18 — a year before he was cast as Peeta Mellark — he came close to landing the title role in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot that eventually went to Andrew Garfield. Obviously, things worked out quite well for Hutcherson anyway. Whichever way Spidey swings, Hutcherson will certainly be in a good place when the Hunger Games series winds down in November.
Speaking speedily in a way only a 19-year-old is capable of, Josh Hutcherson comes across as jovial, astute, earnest, and not much different than most people his age. In honor of the DVD and Blu-ray release of “The Hunger Games" this weekend, Hutcherson spoke to Yahoo! Movies, opening up about his approach to the fame that has come with playing District 12’s Peeta Mellark in the blockbuster fantasy film. "I was really nervous about it to be honest," Hutcherson said about embarking on the film franchise, based on a trilogy of best-selling books by Suzanne Collins. "It’s crazy because living up to ‘The Hunger Games’ coming out, everybody was talking about how it’s going to change everything, your whole life — it’s going to be so different," he explained.