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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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  • samanthar

    I don’t see it, but i’ll trust them.

  • http://Tj Sligo lambert ^__^ cute

    She like vapid

  • Gabby

    She’s not at all how I pictured Katniss. But I can see why they decided to go with a 20 year old actress. And Jennifer can act (I’ve heard), so that’s a good thing.

    Plus, considering Jennifer is older…that means they can cast older actors to play Peeta and Gale. It would be weird if they had cast 25 year old Hunter Parrish opposite 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld, but they can pretty much cast anyone with Jennifer. I’m rooting for Taylor Kitsch as Gale and Hunter as Peeta.

  • ella

    hmmm.. i suppose she’ll do okay (she was GREAT in winter’s bone) but she’ll need to do a lot to physically match the description of katniss. darker hair, and some weight loss, i think. they could have found someone better, i think.

  • emily

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EK

    She was amazing and gritty in Winter’s Bone. She’ll do Katniss justice but I’m interested to see how they change her appearance…they can do anything these days with hair dye, makeup, lighting, etc.

  • BEAN

    Really really don’t see it and I think she looks much older than 20 so playing a 16 year old, not quite sure about that.

  • RebeccaS

    Yay!!!!!!!!!

  • Chelsea

    Casting a 20 year old totally takes away from the fact/horror that it’s children fighting to the death. Katniss is supposed to be tiny, olive-skinned, with black hair, and while 16, she looks 14. In short, not JL. JL is great, but not Katniss, at least in how she’s described.

  • http://www.thehamperandgiftplace.co.uk Hampers

    Excellent! She will do such a great job because she is just so talented. Can’t wait for this release in 2012!

  • Deb

    @RebeccaS:

    Will not be going to see the movie. She is NOT Katniss

  • annie

    HELL TO THE NO

  • Casey

    WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELL YEAHHHH anyone ANYONE whos seen Winters Bone can tell you ho young and vulnerable and hard and complex she looked in that. Katniss isnt exactly a stretch from that. she’s gonna ROCK!
    frankly having a younger actress makes the shoot difficult cos if the girl is young nad the guy playing Gale and Peeta are older it makes kissing scenes difficult esp. legally. Hailee watsit would make a good Prim but she’d SUCK as Katniss. Its called hair dye people. and oh my god, its like no actors ever lost or gained weight for a role….oh no. wait. they do
    MORONS

  • Rachel

    Great actress, wrong for the role. Not as excited for this anymore.

    @Casey – Hailee is too old to play Prim. And you’re calling us names?

  • Tom

    She’s a fantastic actress so good luck to her!

  • Romeo

    The producers knew but simply didn’t care, #9. Get over it.

    Yes, you will, #11.

  • McGrey

    Perfect fit since she has such olive skin and such dark hair!!!

  • Chelsea

    Romeo, did you even read the books? Of course it’s a big deal that she looks 25.

  • Cheery

    Not my first pick, but she has the acting chops. Though they better dye her hair dark, get some gray contacts, and (no offense) she needs to get leaner; Katniss has a wiry physique.

  • anon

    Never read the book and never saw Winters Bone, however certain aspects of a book are elemental to the plot and theme of a story. From what I have read the age of the book’s protagonist is an important part of the foundation of the plot. Messing with that could shift the focus of the story making a different story altogether. If they can’t sell Jennifer Lawrence as a young teen whose to say, Maybe they will settle for a movie “inspired” or “based” on the book rather than a movie version of the book. It wouldn’t be the first time. Shame really, It isn’t like there isn’t enough good young actresses that look the age of Katnis.

  • sourpatch575

    I HOPE HUNTER PARRISH GETS THE LEAD!
    HES SO EFFING HOT!

  • Kate

    YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!

    CONGRATS JENNIFER!!!

  • http://twitter.com/officalvstyle Abby

    Clearly we know she can act (hello she was up for an Oscar) its just the fact that she looks NOTHING like Katniss. I’m sorry she just doesn’t.

  • Cindy

    If she dies her hair dark I think she would be perfect!

  • Gabby

    So I will go ahead and predict…Jennifer as Katniss and Elle Fanning will be Prim.

  • Cheery

    @Gabby, I don’t know about Elle. She has the right look for Prim except she’s too tall. Granted Jennifer is tall, but Prim is supposed to be this small, delicate child who needs protection. Elle already looks like she’s too far into her teens to pull that off.

  • Casey

    @Rachel:
    in chronological age she might be but in looks she looks about 12 so no shes not too old.

  • RebeccaS

    @Deb: oh relax. she’ll dye her hair and pull it off

  • Kristy

    She’s a fantastic actress and although I would have chosen someone else for the role, I have faith that she’ll nail it. With a little hair dye she’ll be good to go. She’s already proved that she’s not afraid to get dirty (shown in Winter’s Bone) so hopefully she’ll be just as exceptional in Hunger Games. I’m personally more worried about the casting of Peeta. That is one role they cannot mess up.

  • K

    I’m pissed. I wanted Hailee Steinfeld to play Katniss

  • Kay

    Yay!! She is a great choice! :)

  • JC

    Watch her in Winters Bone and it will clear up any doubt about whether or not she’s right for this. An extremely talented young woman.

  • tara

    this is f-ing terrible. ya, jennifer lawrence is a really good actress…but she’s 20, looks 24, and is BLONDE, TALL, BLUE EYED AND CURVY. wtf hollywood!

  • offtheproperty

    I see why everyone says she’s so great looking.

  • Carla

    oh my gosh. i dont even know what to say. im glad their finally going to start.

  • Dannie

    I AM SO HAPPY. FINALLY.

  • Sel

    SHE CAN WEAR CONTACTS AND DYE HER HAIR DARKER.
    Stop freaking out. Her acting is amazing and that’s what really matters.

  • Romeo

    They knew but didn’t care, #18.

    Making her 18 instead of 16 won’t be a drastic change to the plot, #20. Not at all really.

    We know already, #23 and #33. Get over it. Either watch it anyway or don’t go.

  • IjnNah

    SO HAPPY.

  • seymour

    She’s a great actress but totally wrong for the role. One of the most powerful things about the book is that it’s kids in the awful kill-or-be-killed situation, and that all the kids pretty much lost their childhoods to war. You lose that by casting twenty-somethings.

    I just hope they don’t cast Alex Pettyfer as Peeta because the film will be unwatchable. He looks way older than his actual age and his wooden acting wouldn’t convey Peeta’s emotions (especially in the third book).

  • marie

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://techspage.blogspot.com/ Harun
  • mel

    @Seymour well put. You said exactly what I’ve been thinking. I hope that Alex is not offer the role. He doesn’t(in my opinion) have what it takes to bring Peeta from the pages of the book to the big screen. He would be better for the role of Finnick. Now that casting for Katniss is over and done with I will be sitting on pins and needles for the official announcement of Peeta as well as the other cast members.

  • noname

    Ok..now i want to see whos gonna play Gale!!
    (Avan Jogia please)

  • Halfu

    Ew no! I don’t want some blonde fatty who stared in ONE movie to play my beloved katniss!!! I hate how Hollywood ALWAYS ruins books (except for LOTR). They just picked an older girl because, and I bet you a million dollars, they want more sex appeal (even though this chick looks like a baby faced fatty). If they pick a girl with tits (which they did) then they can show tits, which they will. I’m NOT gonna see these movies. They shoulda went with hailee she’s much much more like katniss.

  • MM

    They needed someone w/ some real acting ability – sh’s got that… and Imma trust on the physical transformation that will be required (and it will be!). This choice does make me rething my feelings on Peeta’s casting ‘though. A little off-topic, but I would love to see Adam Lambert play Cinna – yep, you read that right… and not for the obvious reasons, but because I think he could really bring out the depth that exists in that character!

  • elle

    UGH. Are you kidding?! Great. another dumb (TOO OLD) blonde cast in a role for a dark haired, ethnically ambiguous, petite, kick ass female. HAILEE was so much better a choice!!!

    Though I shouldn’t be surprised, the casting directed cast TWILIGHT – fail.

  • mark balance

    It is so typical. Another racist Hollywood film. I guess an olive skinned, dark haired, skinny girl with small breasts was not good enough. These jerks in Hollywood must realize that the book found a fan base with a dark skinned hero on board. But all of those Hollywood gigs fantasize about blonds with big boobs. Any of you guys who have read the book must know that she was dark haired and hairy (they have a difficult time waxing her body hair to prepare her for the games). Just like Hollywood. Racist, racist, racist. All the good roles go to blonds with big boobs. In the old days with people played Indians, Blacks, Asian, etc. What are they gonna do? Put dark paint on her, make her shed thirty pounds, give her a dark haired wig, and give her dark contact lenses? Change her into someone entirely different?
    How fake.
    (Again, Lionsgates in case you did not get it: Katniss is dark, hairy, poor, hungry, tough, and totally underprivileged.)
    This is wrong. The casting is F**ked up.
    F***ing racist Hollywood types. Let this one go down like the “300″, with all of their racist stereotypes, or Prince of Persia with not even one Persian in it. Or The Last Air Bender where all the Asian roles went to Indians and whites. Lionsgates you really f**ked this up. You took a great trilogy and turned it into another shitty, racist Hollywood film. F**K you. I guess a dark actress was not good enough for you. You had to put your own image as the hero of this trilogy.

  • mark balance

    I am sure Jennifer Lawrence is a nice person BUT the casting is a poor choice Because:
    It is so typical. Another racist Hollywood film. I guess an olive skinned, dark haired, skinny girl with small breasts was not good enough. These people in Hollywood must realize that the book found a fan base with a dark skinned hero on board. But all of those Hollywood gigs fantasize about blonds with large breasts. Any of you guys who have read the book must know that she was dark haired and hairy (they have a difficult time waxing her body hair to prepare her for the games). Just like Hollywood. Racist, racist, racist. All the good roles go to blonds with large breasts. In the old days with people played Indians, Blacks, Asian, etc. What are they gonna do? Put dark paint on her, make her shed thirty pounds, give her a dark haired wig, and give her dark contact lenses? Change her into someone entirely different?
    How fake.
    (Again, Lionsgates in case you did not get it: Katniss is dark, hairy, poor, hungry, tough, and totally underprivileged.)
    This is wrong. The casting is bad.
    The racist Hollywood types do it again. Let this one go down like the “300″, with all of their racist stereotypes, or Prince of Persia with not even one Persian in it. Or The Last Air Bender where all the Asian roles went to Indians and whites. Lionsgates you really screwed this up. You took a great trilogy and turned it into another shitty, racist Hollywood film. I guess a dark actress was not good enough for you. You had to make the hero in your own image.

  • NPHish

    It’s fine, okay.

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