Jennifer Lawrence officially cast in 'Hunger Games'
March 18th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Jennifer Lawrence officially cast in 'Hunger Games'

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").

Stay tuned!

Who do you think should play Peeta in "The Hunger Games"?

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  1. Es

    I think Abigail Breslin would made a great Rue, or possibly Prim!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HEnry

    Bill & Ted well put

    March 27, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mormon

    Man, I'd love to show her my winter's bone!

    March 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Nailed it. Great pick for Katniss.

    March 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill & Ted

    Dude! remake it as a p0rn0! get all the biggest johnsons and call it the "Hung Games"!

    March 19, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. ptcspy

    March 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RRob

    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.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Colleen

    TOO OLD!!! She'll be 24 by the time they get to Mockingjay!!

    March 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. miss go2hell

    hope she ruins the movie, the little tramp.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ally

    I do NOT think Hunter Parrish has the acting chops. Who will play Cinna? The drunk mentor? The crazy reporter??

    March 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hmm...

    I think Hunter Parrish would be fantastic. As soon as I saw he was up for the role, I thought 'PERFECT!'

    March 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nathan

    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.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Be Quiet

      ...or else....what?

      March 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • I agree

      I thought Hailee Steinfield would be really good.

      March 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      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.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      @I agree –
      I really thought Hailee was going to get the role; she was brilliant, and truly like Katniss, in "True Grit".

      March 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. me from nd

    peeta should be justin beiber or grayson chance ive read the books they will be perfect

    March 18, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Colleen

      are you an 11-yr-old girl because you're INSANE to think that any Hollywood popstar could act in this series.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cast in the Movie

    Hunter Parrish, please!

    March 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Is that Lady Gaga in the background picture with the pink hair?? I can't tell!

      March 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |

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