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Jennifer Lawrence as Hunger Games' Katniss - FIRST LOOK

Jennifer Lawrence as Hunger Games' Katniss - FIRST LOOK

Check out this first shot of Jennifer Lawrence as the Hunger Games‘ heroine, Katniss Everdeen!

The 20-year-old actress opened up to EW about taking on the role of the District 12 tribute.

“I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change,” Jennifer said. “And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’”

“I love this story,” Jennifer added, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss?

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Not quite how i picturered Katniss, but it could definetly been worse… I think i’m starting to like her a tiny bit… :)

TinyDancer @ 05/18/2011 at 6:12 pm

@Keilee: Exactly! Well said!

Pretty close to what I imagine Katniss to look like.

@lm:

I thumbed up this because it’s a hilariously stubborn response. Lol

@Sandra:

Blonde, perfectly curled ringlets? We did not see the same movie at all. lol.

She looks okay. Not at all how I imagined Katniss, but Jennifer is tolerable.

I’m more excited to see the boys. I think Liam can easily look like Gale, not so convinced about Josh as Peeta.

@Laki

[please note, this comes from a person who has not read the Hunger Games series. I'm a Scott Westerfield "Uglies" series chick :)]

i think that’s exactly what she is trying to become. After her Oscar loss from Winter’s Bone, she seems so desperate for stardom, she was begging to play Katniss.

That took my interest in the movie away. I know movies are about money making first and foremost, but when people fight for roles that they *think* are going to make them stars, I lose interest immediately. Which explains why I don’t watch a lot of movies.

To me, Hunger Games is one of the first victims of the Twilight Curse. Hollywood now thinks that *every* teen book can be produced as a mega bestseller. Mind you, this is a very popular series with everyone, but the true schtick for Twilight was the pained romantic Edward and his obsession with Bella. That created a mania for Twilight — the idea of being *the* woman for someone. the Hunger Games does not seem to have that.

@Keilee:

if you don’t agree, fine. But yelling at someone from your laptop or desktop solves nothing. People have their differences.

I guess the producers are upping Katniss’ age so they can attract male audiences who wouldn’t feel too ashamed by going to a movie where the the lead is a young girl (eg.Hailee Steinfeld). I know that Chloe Moretz in Kickass was young but she also cursed and the movie was rated R. Hanna likewise doesn’t attract the male audiences.Casting Jennifer is genius because she is more bosomed, curvy and bring sex appeal unlike Saoirse Ronan. Like a new Tomb Raider. Guys going to the movies to ogle prepubescent girls just isn’t cool in this society.

Hermione was definitely too blond after the second film, too cute and too fashionable to be a believable nerd type character that she was meant to be in the books. Think Jesse Eisenberg in the Social Network as the male Hermione, with a little more girlishness.

@BG:

Hermione is cute in the books. She’s described as being very pretty. She just also happens to be very intelligent and doesn’t focus a lot of her attention on looks. It’s the same in the films. She doesn’t have a freaking afro, but she her hair is pretty dang bushy to me. And all they ever dress her in is jeans and sweater. She looks like a nerd to me. Not all nerds are unattractive and un-groomed. And I thought Jesse was hot in The Social Network.

But back on topic. lol. I agree, I get why they chose an older actress for the role. I think the fact that the “child labor laws” won’t apply to her also played a factor. Jennifer will be able to put in more hours on the set and also get away with showing more skin. However, she’s still playing a 16 year old, so hopefully they will stay faithful to that. The Hunger Games is so effective, because these are kids fighting. If she looks like a 20 year old woman, then it won’t have the same impact.

No offense to you guys, but I totaly agree with lauren. jennifer lawrence was oscar nominated, so i have no room to talk, but i just don’t think she fits the part of Katniss. I mean, directors and makeup artists could tweak her appeareance as much as they wouldn’t, but it still wouldn’t fixs the way she is. I’m not syaing this as anything against her, it’s just that her acting and her personality doesn’t fit with the part of katniss. I’m sure she’ll do a great job, but im just not happy with the casting in any of this movie.

don’t like her, or any of the other cast, except for liam hemsworth. him i can picture as gale but the rest definitely not! maybe she’ll play a good katniss can’t say she wont until i actually see the movie…

There are plenty of girls who are mature looking at 17. It’s not entirely unbelievable that Katniss is 17 in this movie. A more mature 17. And she’ll be in a love triangle with older characters so it is not as creepy.
Hermione just doesn’t look like the way she was described in the books. Her looks and personality is all wrong. I’m not blaming the actress, having to embody a character for 10 years and maintain her looks throughout is difficult if the character doesn’t morph into the real actress. Just wished they’d tried harder in casting someone who did embody the essence of Hermione from the get go so they wouldn’t have such an out of character Hermione. Sort of like what Anna Popplewell looks now is how Hermione should look. Emma looks like she would make a good Lavender Brown, though.

Awful, the worst thing I’ve ever seen today.
So sad that the book who are actually really good end up with a “so Disney” movie, they could make a way more better thing with unknown actors and a really good taste on the cast choice.

@Stella: Um, this movie is action. LOL

Oh my. I am so excited. Finally! She looks amazing as Katniss.

lithia999xO @ 05/19/2011 at 12:27 am

strange..i always thought that Jennifer looked a bit chesty…in this picture she looks rather bony, or is it just photoshop????

@Sabinal:
Im sorry, yelling? I set out my argument clearly and competantly, I couldnt get italics to work so I cap’ed some words for emphasis, not yelling. I didnt make random claims that talking about being in a total whirlwind is ‘whining’. If Jennifer had gone on to say ‘oh it was so stupid, and i was dragged around and tired and all these sicophants love me and it was oh so tough and i poor me i’m the new IT girl,’ then thats whining. As I stated in my arguement, jennifer is simply sharing an experience that she finds mindboggling, and how that experinece helps her with Katniss. there was no yelling, there was emphasis.

didn’t think blondie could handle katniss, but now i’m thinking i might be wrong

Even if I haven’t seen winters bones, the fact she’s been nominated for so many prestigious awards speaks volumes. So they didn’t go for someone who LOOKS like a teenager, they went with someone who had TALENT, someone who could ACT. It does irk me a bit, but i try to think of them as picking someone who could do justice to a great character. HOWEVER, this photo is more photoshop, then real. Jennifer is a gorgeous, very beautiful girl, but she isn’t this thin. That’s what really bothering me. The character, calls for someone who looks thin (like the picture above) and unless she’s been dieting, they’ve made her loose 15 pounds at least. This is only because Katnis is thin, but I really really hope all the training she’s doing makes her loose weight. Katnis isn’t suppose to have such a curvy body like Jennifer.

Terrible. The casting director obviously picked who was most famous.
Everyone who Ive spoken with agrees that Katniss should have the Natalie Portman/Kaya Scodelario look
I mean really, twilight has better casting than this.
People should start a petition for them to recast the movie

I think that she will do a fantastic job as Katniss. We don’t know exactly what went on in the casting room, but if the directors and the author think that she will make the perfect Katniss Everdeen, then they’re probably right. As for Jennifer being too old, Katniss has lived most of her life providing for her family and being the adult. Therefore she’s mature and old for her age. And really, these days the differences between a twenty-year old and a sixteen year old aren’t always that different. Personally, I can’t wait to see the movie!

Wow. She looks surprisingly good. My one big beef is that the hair isn’t long enough. This may seem super minor and it is, but Katniss constantly loses hair throughout the series (fireball in book 1, acid fog in book 2, bombing at end of book 3) so it needs to be really long or else she’ll be bald by the end.

the picture is surprisingly good but i still think that she’s too muscular and thick for this role. she’s not fat at all, that’s not what i mean.. but katniss is supposed to be nearly starving when she goes into the games and jennifer looks quite well-fed and photoshopped in this pic. tho, i’ve got to admit, i’m still psyched to see josh and liam as the male leads and seeing josh with blonde hait will be…interesting

mutantbroccoli @ 05/23/2011 at 8:29 am

We don’t know what the casting director had in mind when he picked Lawrence to portray Katniss in the Hunger Games. Maybe she’s fit enough to perform all the stunts Katniss can like climbing trees, climbing trees and climbing trees. In the physique, the very image of Lawrence did not ever register in my mind while I’m reading the books while the photoshopped version may seem nice though still not enough to coincide with the Katniss I picture in my mind. I would really love to have Isabelle Fuhrman instead a.k.a. the Orphan to be the Katniss.

OK, this is very opinionated! Nothing serious :P

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