Jennifer Lawrence selected for movie version of ‘Hunger Games.’
Suspense over who will play the iconic role of Katniss Everdeen in the Hollywood adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally successful “Hunger Games” trilogy is over. Jennifer Lawrence has won the part on the strength of her Oscar-nominated turn in last year’s Winter’s Bone.
Lawrence beat out a promising field of young actors, including my favorite Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) among others, reports zap2it.com and other news sources. At 20, Lawrence is among the older performers considered for the 16-year-old Katniss, and she looked quite mature and polished on the red carpet at the Academy Awards.
But I have no doubt she’ll do a sterling job bringing Katniss to the big screen. According to Variety, selecting the older Lawrence over Steinfeld or Abigail Breslin, both 14, allows for a greater range of actors to be considered for the critical role of Peeta, the male lead.
According to Blockbuster UK, “British star Alex Pettyfer is believed to be the leading
contender for the male role.”
Lionsgate also is said to hope skewing the parts a little older will broaden the film’s appeal beyond the Young Adult audience. That seems silly to me — as with Harry Potter, I know plenty of grown-ups who love these books and would presumably go see the movie.
In any case, Lawrence it is.