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At least one Twilight actor was hoping to jump from one teen-targeted movie franchise to another. Kellan Lutz wanted the role of Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games, but he never even got a chance to wow the producers and director Gary Ross with his acting chops.
A source tells Us Weekly that the 26-year-old actor best known for playing Emmett Cullen was "desperate" to land the pivotal role of Katniss Everdeen's best friend and potential love interest.
Unfortunately for the six-pack-sporting heartthrob, the "producers told him they didn't want anyone from Twilight." And as we all know, the role went to Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth, 22, who will share the screen with costars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
Instead, Lutz will star in another page-to-screen adaptation, Syrup, costarring Amber Heard, Brittany Snow and Kirstie Alley. The comedy is based on Maxx Barry's scathingly funny novel about a slacker who comes up with a new soda to market to young hipsters.
And if it's any consolation to Lutz, a Lionsgate rep told Us that the studio is fond of him. "Kellan didn't audition," a Lionsgate rep tells Us, "but we think he's talented."
The Hunger Games opens March 23.