Jennifer Lawrence Cast as Katniss in THE HUNGER GAMES Movie

Well, Hunger Games fans, we have our Katniss Everdeen: 20-year-old Academy Award nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence. The Wrap is reporting that Lawrence has officially signed on for the lead role in The Hunger Games movie, based on the first book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling YA series.

Fans who have been eagerly awaiting this casting news have been quick to point out that Lawrence doesn’t meet the physical description of Katniss in the books. Katniss is described as having olive skin, black hair, and gray eyes. And at 20, Lawrence is older than 16-year-old Katniss.

Honestly, I don’t think casting a slightly older actress as Katniss is necessarily a bad thing. The love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale is epic, and that is harder to pull off with teenage actors. I think older actors also means the movie will appeal to a wider audience. I’m sure the rest of the cast will be announced very soon, but he rumor is that Alex Pettyfer is in contention for the role of Peeta, as well as Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right, Bridge to Terabithia) and Hunter Parrish (Weeds).

It’s nice when a movie character matches the image you created in your head while reading a book, but I don’t think that’s the most important factor. Acting ability is extremely important as well. I haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone, but by all accounts the actress stood out in the gritty movie. That’s good news since the Hunger Games movie will undoubtedly be gritty and dark, and it will take a talented actress to pull off the complexity of Katniss.

So what do you think about the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss? Are you happy? Or disappointed? Who do you want to see as Peeta and Gale?

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  • Brandy

    Disheartened. I was really excited to see these and now…not so much. :(

  • MONA AND TERRANCE

    ANYONE BUT ALEX PETTYFER. PLEASE he is awful

    • Michelle StJames

      You know, I hate to be closed-minded about actors, but I couldn’t agree with you more. I just don’t see how he could possibly pull off the role. Hunter Parrish is an interesting name to see, though.

      Jennifer Lawrence, I’m completely fine with. She can definitely act, and the makeup and wardrobe departments will make sure she looks like Katniss. As for her age–given the relatively short time frame before release and how much post-production work Hunger Games will probably need, I’m not sure they could have cast anyone under 18 given child labor law limits on how many hours a day minors can work.

      I just really hope they can make this movie work. It seems like such a tough one to pull off, but if they do, it could be amazing.

  • Sarah

    I am glad… I just really hope they dye her hair and stick in some grey contacts… I know she’ll be able to fufill the role; I just want at least part of the physical description to match…

    ALEX PETTYFER! (although I agree that he would be much more suited to Jace in the Mortal Instruments)

    Hunter Parrish … not so much…

  • depressed 12 year old

    WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! YES I KNOW SHES A GREAT ACTRESS BUT SHE DOESN’T SEEM RIGHT FOR THE PART!!!! KATNISS IS SUPPOSE TO BE 16 AND SHES 20!!!!!!
    HOPEFULLY SHE’LL DO GOOD SO WE CAN C PAST HER AGE. DON’T WANNA BE A HATER BUT SHE SEEMS TO OLD FOR THIS MOVIE AS FOR PEETA, I WANTED CALLUM MCALIFE OR LOGAN LERMAN BUT THAT WOULD JUST BE WIERD