The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Book adaptations always feature heavily during any film year and 2012 is no exception - in fact we have some great book adaptations on the way.

And we kick off with one this week as Suzanne Collins' novel The Hunger Games is one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

So to celebrate the release of The Hunger Games this week we take a look at some of the book inspired movies that will be heading our way this year.

- The Hunger Games

The Huger Games is one of the best loved series of teenage books and the movie looks set to be just as successful.

Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence takes on the lead role of heroine Katniss Everdeen and she is joined on the cast list by Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Gary Ross is in the director's chair for the movie while Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci make up an impressive cast list.

The Hunger Games is out now

- The Hobbit

It may be nine months until we get the chance to return to Middle Earth but there is already so much excitement surrounding the release of The Hobbit.

Split into two movies The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sees Peter Jackson back in the director's chair.

Martin Freeman takes over the role of Bilbo Baggins while the likes of Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan are all on the cast list.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is guaranteed to one of the biggest grossing movies of the year - I smell another billion dollar success for Middle Earth.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released 14th December

- Great Expectations

Works by Charles Dickens have been adapted time and time again for the big and small screen over the years - and it's Great Expectations that is getting the movie treatment again in 2012.

Great Expectations is the latest movie project from Mike Newell and sees David Nicholls pen the screenplay.

Jeremy Irvine has already made a name for himself this year with war Horse but he is set to lead the cast as Pip alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.

If one thing British movies know how to do best then it is the costume drama and early images suggest that this is going to be a really beautiful movie.

- Les Misérables

Technically Les Miserables is released in January of next year but it has to be included as it is set to be one of the must see musicals that has ever graced the big screen.

This is the first movie project since Tom Hooper won Best Director & Best Picture for The King's Speech.

Les Miserables is a much loved stage production, now in it's 27th year, and I personally can't wait to see this on the big screen.

Hugh Jackman is all set to play Jean Valjean alongside Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.

I am going to stick my neck out here and predict that Les Mierables could well feature at next year's Oscars.

- Anna Karenina

Joe Wright is one of the most exciting British directors with the likes of Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Hanna already under this belt.

This autumn he reunites with Keira Knightley for an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina.

This is set to be another lavish period drama and Knightley has always produced her best when under the direction of Wright.

She is joined on the cast list by Matthew Macfadyen, Jude Law, Kelly Macdonald and Aaron Johnson. This is another movie that also has the potential to be an awards contender.

Anna Karenina is released 7th September.

- The Great Gatsby

And from one possible Oscar contender to another as The Great Gatsby be hitting big screens at Christmas.

Baz Luhrmann movies have a bit of a knack for winning over the Academy and he could well do the same again.

Luhrmann has adapted the F.Scott Fitzgerald novel himself and he has brought together a cast that all but assures it will be a hit.

Leonardo DiCaprio is still looking for that maiden Oscar win and as Jay Gatsby he may just get it.

Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher are all also on this very talented cast list.

The Great Gatsby is released 26th December.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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