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Jennifer Lawrence: 'Hunger Games' Lead Confirmed!

Jennifer Lawrence: 'Hunger Games' Lead Confirmed!

Jennifer Lawrence has scored the lead role in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games, JustJared.com can confirm.

The 20-year-old Academy Award nominated actress will play Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who joins a fight-to-the-death contest to save her community.

The film will be directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) and produced by Lionsgate with Nina Jacobson’s Color Force.

The Hunger Games is set for a March 23, 2012 release.

UPDATE: “I couldn’t be happier about being a part of Hunger Games and to play Katniss. I have a huge responsibility to the fans of this incredible book and I don’t take it lightly. I will give everything I have to these movies and to this role to make it worthy of Suzanne Collin‘s masterpiece,” Jennifer said in a statement.

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