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Jennifer Lawrence: 'Hunger Games' Lead?

Jennifer Lawrence: 'Hunger Games' Lead?

Jennifer Lawrence is close to sealing the deal to star in Hunger Games, Variety reports.

The 20-year-old Oscar-nominated actress has been tapped to play Katniss, “a young woman [who] joins a survival contest to save her community,” in the film based on Suzanne Collins‘ popular books.

Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin were also reportedly being considered for the role in the film.

Jennifer can next be seen on the big screen in X-Men: First Class, which hits theaters June 3.

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they need somone unknown

they need someone NOW.

yeah baby!!!!!!! I. Love. Her! She’s gonna be the BIGGEST star after this!

TeamPeeta @ 03/12/2011 at 5:09 am

Nope. She looks old.

I absolutely loved that book and am excited for the movie. Not sure what to think about this girl playing Katniss. I don’t see her as Katniss, but maybe she could pull it off.

I think Jennifer could pull of Katniss VERY well. I loved her in Winter’s Bone. As far as her appearance goes… Jennifer doesn’t look like Katniss, but before shouting how wrong she is for the part I’m going to wait until there’s a set picture of her. Maybe she’ll die her hair or lose weight? And maybe they’ll age Katniss to 18.

I think Jennifer is one of the best actress’s on that could portray Katniss. Maybe she won’t look exactly how everyone imagined her, but that’s not the more important to me than her personality/characteristics.

She doesn’t look like Katniss. I was hoping that Hailee Steinfeld got the part. She is who I pictured while reading the books.

I love her shes pefect, have the people who are hating on her SEEN winters bone??? shes vulnerable and tough as hell and young and amazing, she had me in tears, shes that good. and ive seen other movies of hers and shes very good consistently. Katniss needs that zing, that something that has you watching her, a vulnerability and almost weakness despite her hard outershell adn that something JL can portray effortlessly. Hailee whatshername is crap, she looks 12, and sweet and candy like she might make a good Prim but as Katniss she’d suck. Abigail Breslin has the same problems except she looks even younger nad has even less of the look and is a bad actress. I love Katniss, I love her fallable side, how shes truely brave in that shes terrified but she tries anyway and for that to come across you need a GOOD actress. Im so sick of actresses being chosen because fo their looks not their talent. JL has both, shes gorgeous, which Katniss DOES need because of the stuff with the prep team and the ceremonies etc and shes amazingly talented, a wonderful sublte performer who actually gets the less-is-more thing I think she’d be wonderful.

please no. she’s just wrong for katniss. i’m getting tired of movie productions destroying the casting of leads. they trashed twilight already, spare the hunger games series please.

@Sora:

Please, maybe you should do some reading before saying anything and claiming it as fact, Kristen only got the part after the first choice for Bella, Emily Browning, turned it down, and yeah she looks like Bella however with her description in the book I don’t know how I would take that but oh well, it’s on her and yeah some think Kristen is a good actress even if I don’t but that’s not what this is about. Emma auditioned 11 times before getting the part after both the casting directors and J.K Rowling herself said that she was perfect for the part and for someone who didn’t have any acting experiences to come in and do a role like Hermione in a movie that would be seen by everyone around the world I think she did a great job, sure it wasn’t prefect but she have to date only done HP + two other movies so she is still learning.

BTT, I like Jennifer, I haven’t seen ‘Winter’s Bone’ yet but from what I have seen she is good, but she is also new and she is still learning so why not wait until the movie starts filming to see how she does. I also notice that there seem to be more complains about her looks then anything but maybe you should wait to judge that too until you see what they will do with her, it’s very easy to dye someones hari or give them contacts, look at Angelina Jolie, she is blond but pulled of a brunett in Lara Croft, another examble among many would be Ron Perlman, I mean you think he really has red skin like Hellboy, no, these things can be added into the film later.

Peppercorn @ 03/12/2011 at 10:46 am

Calling shenanigans on the whole “something has to give so we have a good actress in the role” idea: there are PLENTY of good actresses out there that are of color (because, damnit, Katniss is OF COLOR) that simply don’t get exposure like Jennifer Lawrence. Or, white actresses in general. Why, when “something has to give” does it always have to be race? I mean, look at who they were talking about casting for this role: her, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, and those two other random chicks whose names I can’t recall who are also white. I am a huge fan of CM and HS, but I’m sick of seeing white people bogart roles that were written for or called for darker-skinned folks. (Latest in a long line of darkening-up-movie-horrors: that Tamara Drewe chick in Prince of Persia – Zuleikha Robinson would have killed in that role and it would have been throwing a bone to oh, all of the middle east for casting Jake Gyllenhaal as a freaking Persian orphan-prince. Instead they have her slap on the cheapest self-tanner she could find, dye her hair brown, and just ugh whatever.) They may not be wearing black face, unless it’s as a joke like RDJ in Tropic Thunder, but they might as well be. I’d resigned myself to Hailee Steinfeld, since she looked even a little ethnically ambiguous, but Jennifer Lawrence is just straight whitebread. Good for her if she can play a hard-as-nails teenager, but she is not who I wanted to see get this role.

@jenny:

No, they have a fear of losing money. If you are black like Will Smith they love you, not because he is black but because he is attractive to a target audience that includes all races. Follow the money.

She’s a wonderful actress, but Hailee Steinfeld would be better suited in my opinion.

@ja:

Angie is blond? I don’t think so. Anyway, with all due respect to Jenifer Lawrence, Chloe Moretz has been building a track record (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) just for this kind of role and screams age appropriate-youth and vulnerability with age-defying fearlessness and ability. If Jennifer gets this role she will be at least one year older and that much further removed from the character when the time comes for filming.

@Jess:
why????? she looks llike shes 12, isnt a particularl good actress and doesnt have that steal core hardness overladen with a softness that is needed for the role. the only thing she is is brunette adn hairdye can fix that. Hailee is an awful awful choice. she’s make katniss look like a tiny child which she isnt. shes young but not a child, hasnt been a child since her fathers death. HS might be ok as Prim but a Katniss???she’d be awful. beyond awfyl that would be really **** casting.
JL is a supremely talented actress, hairdye and contacts can change appearance and as for too old excuse so many are using, its because the only time theyve seen her is when shes dolled up for an event where makeup etc makes her appear older-she was the youngeset in her category, making her appear older would ahve made it less like she wasa child amongst the adults. If youve seen Winters Bone, which most of the people on this comment thread seem to not have, you’d see how young she really looks when stripped of makeup
HS would look ridiculous up against a Peeta who ould prob be late teens/early twenties actor. it would be gross to see that,not to mention legalities….

She is cute and all but she is no Katniss. I do not want her, she looks to old for the role and she’s a blonde I wanted kaya scodelario, but whatever I just hope she doesn’t ruin it.

Commenter @ 03/12/2011 at 1:15 pm

At least Jennifer Lawrence’s facial features aren’t conventionally beautiful. That gives her a bit of exoticism. Her eyes look Asian for sure, which is 70% of the world’s population anyways.

Kristen Stewart got the role of Bella after Emily Browning turned it down, even though now Kristen is much more popular than Emily is now. Emily was considered because she did another young adult book franchise not too long before Twilight (A series of unfortunate events). She had just wrapped the franchise and didn’t want to take on another book franchise. She is more marketable in that way. Which also shows that Twilight was not a very sought after project like the girl with the dragon tattoo, hunger games, harry potter. So looks and appealing to the mass market weren’t such a big deal. They chose an indie actress with credibility who needs to know how to act to carry the film, as oppose to a pretty girl lead with big names in supporting roles (Harry Potter). J K Rowling was introduced to the three main leads after Heyman already told the three leads they had the part. J K is nice in that she doesn’t interfere with filming and let the experts do the work. She did specify that she only wanted unknowns and British citizens to portray her characters. That was her part in the casting. Anything more and she might as well be the casting agent for the Harry Potter movies.

GO AWAY YOU LOOK NOTHING LIKE KATNISS

KAYA SCODELRIO FOR KATNISS

THAT IS ALL

GOOD DAY

@FlOr:

@Celia:

Just because she’s new and upcoming DOES NOT mean that you can cast her in anything. She’s
a) Too old
b) Doesn’t look underfed
c) Brown eyes? No. Brown hair? No. Olive skin? No.

So please drop this idea.

@Kate:

Kaya Scodelario can act. And she looks exactly like Katniss is described.

@Sora:

Right WB cast a 9 year old Emma Watson, because they knew she would grow up to be hot…right…that makes SO much sense. *eyeroll*
Emma was cast for talent and because she had the right look. Nowhere in the Potter books does it say Hermione is “homely.” Hermione is described as pretty numerous times throughout the series. The books are told from Harry’s POV and he’s not really attracted to her, because she’s like a sister to him. Other male characters (Ron Weasley, Victor Krum, Cormac MacLaggen, Fenrir Greyback, etc) clearly are.

A similar thing seems to be happening with Katniss. Some people seem to be under the impression that she’s not supposed to be attractive when there are SEVERAL clues throughout that series that she is in fact very beautiful. She…just like Hermione…has more important things to worry about other than looks and doesn’t spend hours in front of the mirror. This is why they need to go with someone like Hailee Steinfeld, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Bolger, or Ella Purnell. All of them are gorgeous, but their looks can also be downplayed if necessary.

Jennifer Lawrence is too curvy and too Baywatch for the role. I don’t even see it working if they dye her hair. If Katniss isn’t right, then no one will see the movie.

Too old, too curvy. She needs to look like a tomboy teenager. Must be more scrappy looking than JL, she is just not right. She could be the mother of the little sister who gets picked to play, was she 9? No, no, no, no, no.

Actually the producers did say that when they cast Emma, they had no doubt that she would grow up beautiful. That it wasn’t a surprise when she turned out that way. As a nine year old in her cast photo op, she was already wearing short little mini skirts and transparent belly tops with Dan and Rupert in the trio screen test (in the ultimate edition DVD extras).

hailee please.

@Anna:
katniss has GREY eyes, not brown. ummmm ever heard of contacts???hair dye?? cos OMG its like, um like no ever actress, like ever had to alter her appearance. idiot..
this years oscar winner famously lost alot of weight for her role, charlize theron gained loads and had her face altered with makeup cos shes not ugly yet her character was.
If you had even seen winters bone you’d see how alike katniss and Ree are, yooud see how beautifully JL played that complex part, the vulnerability, the youth the strength that is Katniss all over not to mention HOW YOUNG SHE LOOKS
moron

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