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Jennifer Lawrence Will Likely End Up Leading 'The Hunger Games'

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March 13, 2011

Hunger Games / Jennifer Lawrence

Earlier this month we heard about quite a lengthy list of young actresses in contention to take the strong lead female role of Katniss Everdeen in the forthcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games from director Gary Ross. Among them were Oscar nominees like Abigail Breslin, Saoirse Ronan and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. However, it appears it will be the another young Oscar nominated actress taking the role as Variety reports Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) is about to get an offer to take on the anticipated adaptation from Lionsgate. Nothing is official yet, but it seems likely that Lawrence's casting will be announced very soon.

Lawrence was my personal pick for the role as her breakthrough performance in Winter's Bone immediately commanded my full attention to her future endeavors on screen. Of course, the 20-year old actress is four years older than the 16-year old character in the story, but the story may be slightly adjusted to accommodate this difference. Honestly, it's not like it will be hard to imagine the actress playing a teenager since she played a tough 17-year old in Winter's Bone with no problem. Once again, here's the official synopsis for the first book in a trilogy:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The role will be one full of challenges and drama, but I have every confidence in Lawrence's abilities. The project could very well keep Lawrence busy over the next few years if the deal comes through as the other two books in the series, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, would likely follow if the first film is as successful as Lionsgate thinks it will be. Though she's been mentioned for Savages with Oliver Stone, the actress has yet to officially decide her next project. We'll likely have official word very soon, so stay tuned. Thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games?

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  • Anonymous
    hopefully she's goes from one great performance to another.
  • HG
    katniss is 16 but described her herself to look 14 due to her malnourished starved physique she is suppose to be very small she is quick and fast and has to climb trees and jen may of played a 17 year old but she looked 18 and winter bone was filmed in 09 when she was 18 suppose to have very sharp features and olive toned skin to put this in perspective jen is the literal opposite of katniss jen does'nt look like a kid or a 16 year old she looks her age
    • Anonymous
      good actors are chameleon's, she can do it.
  • fem!anon
    DO NOT WANT.
    • Anonymous
      why?
      • HG
        because she looks nothing like the character katniss is 16 jen cant look any younger than 18 imo she looks her age - dont use winters bone as an ex. she was 18 during filming that role she is turning 21 in like 4 months. katniss is suppose to be very small and petite she is suppose to be malnourished due to starvation people underestimate her in the games because she is so small. katniss also has: black hair grey eyes olive toned skin very sharp facial features jen is 5'8 very curvy womanly figure round face blonde blue eyes going on 21 and looks her age
  • Ryan
    Breslin & Ronan are Oscar nominees too ya know.
  • http://www.facebook.com/louisplamondon Louis Plamondon
    Steinfeld was the right choice. She'll look well into her twenties by the end of the trilogy.
  • SapphireD910
    Weird. Has someone been watching my amazon shopping cart or what? Just looking into buying this trilogy. Anyway, Jen may go for it for a good opportunity, role wise, but I think she's mentioned wanting to get away from the rough around the edges female role. Also, yeah, it's not that she can't play younger than her age, most actors actually do, but mid-teens seems a stretch.
  • Abey
    I was looking forward to this until now. Way to start messing up a good series.
  • happy camper
    A+ in casting!
  • Warmgun21
    I personally think this is a bad decision. While Lawrence is a solid actress she doesn't fit the description of Katniss at all. If they go through with this It will take some convincing to get me to see this. Saoirse Ronan or Hailee Steinfeld pleaseeeeeee!!!!!
  • comonsense88
    if this comes thru, Jen will be great. They will likely adapt the screenplay to fit her age, which is hardly an issue. She possesses great talent and has a very bright future.
  • Teacherkid
    Granted, my judgment is slightly clouded because I was hardcore hoping they'd get Chloe Moretz as Katniss.... & though I hear that Lawerence is very talented (never was WB), to me she just looks too old to play the part. Crossing my fingers, though, that this doesn't turn into a horrible adaptation like Twilight or get skewered by the studio like The Golden Compass!
  • Traveler
    Yes! I know she is the exact opposite of the character description but she is the only actress I could think of that could play Katniss. I don't even care because I know she'll play it right. Besides, there's this little thing called hair dye and its not like an actor has never lost weight for a role. I'm excited now!
  • RAWR
    I am soo very angry about her getting this part. SHE IS NOTHING like Katniss! Katniss is waaayy different. I was hoping this movie would be the next Twilight, (in a good way) but noooo....

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