It's official! "Winter's Bone" star Jennifer Lawrence has landed the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" trilogy, according to MTV.
As Marquee previously reported, the Oscar nominee was the front-runner to play the 16-year-old girl who is chosen to compete in a government-sponsored reality show that requires her to kill her peers.
Lawrence's own real-life competition was pretty fierce: More than 30 actresses, including Abigail Breslin and "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, auditioned for the part.
"Jennifer’s just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave," says author Collins. "I never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it.”
Now the search is on for an actor to portray Katniss's fellow competitor/nice-guy love interest Peeta Mellark. Among the contenders: Hunter Parrish ("Weeds"), Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids Are Alright"), Alex Pettyfer ("Beastly") and Liam Hemsworth ("The Last Song").
Who do you think should play Peeta in "The Hunger Games"?
I think Abigail Breslin would made a great Rue, or possibly Prim!
Bill & Ted well put
Man, I'd love to show her my winter's bone!
Nailed it. Great pick for Katniss.
Dude! remake it as a p0rn0! get all the biggest johnsons and call it the "Hung Games"!
Teenagers in movies are usually played by older actors. It will be fine.
John Malkovich needs to be the drunk mentor. Cant remember his name.
TOO OLD!!! She'll be 24 by the time they get to Mockingjay!!
hope she ruins the movie, the little tramp.
I'm impressed by your writing. Are you a professional or just very knolwdegealbe?
I do NOT think Hunter Parrish has the acting chops. Who will play Cinna? The drunk mentor? The crazy reporter??
I think Hunter Parrish would be fantastic. As soon as I saw he was up for the role, I thought 'PERFECT!'
I have reservations about Jennifer Lawrence being cast as a 15 year-old, but Gary Ross seems confident. Prove me (and the rest who have doubts) wrong, Ross. Prove me wrong.
I thought Hailee Steinfield would be really good.
There is no "or else." Why would there be?
What a ridiculous thing to say.
I just hope the movie lives up to fan expectations and that the casting choices deliver on the promises made by the director to dissuade any possible disappointment by fans. That's all.
No need for nastiness.
@I agree –
I really thought Hailee was going to get the role; she was brilliant, and truly like Katniss, in "True Grit".
peeta should be justin beiber or grayson chance ive read the books they will be perfect
are you an 11-yr-old girl because you're INSANE to think that any Hollywood popstar could act in this series.
Hunter Parrish, please!
Is that Lady Gaga in the background picture with the pink hair?? I can't tell!
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