Jennifer Lawrence Will Likely End Up Leading 'The Hunger Games'
by Ethan Anderton
March 13, 2011
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?