Chloe Moretz: ‘I’d die to play Katniss’ in ‘Hunger Games’

Jan. 27, 2011 | 3:07 p.m.
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Chloe Moretz in "Let Me In" (Overture Films)

I  just got off the phone with Chloe Moretz, who is working on the set of “30 Rock” in snowy Manhattan. After talking about next Tuesday’s release of “Let Me In” on home video (check back for that story early next week), I had to ask her about “The Hunger Games.

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Katniss (Scholastic)

There are legions of fans who would love to see the “Kick-Ass” actress starring in the role of fiery Katniss Everdeen as Hollywood moves forward with the screen adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novels about a grim future where teenagers are forced to fight to the death in a televised contest that plays out like some nightmarish mash-up of the CBS series “Survivor” and “The Running Man.”  The real allure of the books, however, is seeing the world through the eyes of Katniss, one of the young contestants who happens to have a noble heart, remarkable resolve and fierce resourcefulness.

“Yeah, I read all of the books,” the 13-year-old said enthusiastically.  “I’d die to play Katniss. It’s such a cool role.”

Moretz is one of the favorites for the part — at least in the court of public opinion, that is. Also mentioned on fan sites are two young actresses with Oscar nominations on their resumes: Saoirse Ronan of “Atonement” and Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit.” I asked Moretz whether she is in the mix for the role and she seemed to consider her words carefully before answering.  “We haven’t been in talks about it yet.”

— Geoff Boucher (Follow me on Twitter @LATherocomplex.)


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109 Responses to Chloe Moretz: ‘I’d die to play Katniss’ in ‘Hunger Games’

  1. Jason says:

    NO! Way too young.

    • Lisa says:

      Katniss is 16 in the books, but looks a couple years younger. Chloe's going to be 14 in Feb., and it takes time to make movies.

  2. Katie says:

    I think they need someone older for Katniss

    • Not her says:

      I think whoever they cast for Katniss should be around 15-18. no older, no younger. Katniss is 16 in the book but looks a little younger (like a year or two), but not as young as Chloe Moretz looks. She looks like 11. Too young for Catnip, but I love her!! Please not her!

  3. mickey says:

    Lol she's still relevant? I thought the media was in love with Steinfeld now.

  4. Dim says:

    I'd love it if Kaya Scodelario or Hailee Steinfeld or Caitlin Stasey played Katniss!! But Chloe Moretz is too young and I never really can imagine her as Katniss!

  5. percabeth says:

    i like chloe. :)

  6. jasmineBelikob says:

    I really think Hailee Steinfeld should play Katniss, plus Katniss is OLIVE-SKINNED!

  7. Molly says:

    I adore Chloe but WHERE did you hear she's a fan favorite? The only place I've ever seen her mentioned for the role is in articles! She's an incredibly talented girl but I don't think she's the girl on fire.

  8. Jessica says:

    Are you serious? She looks too young and her face is too angelic. Lame!

  9. Addison says:

    NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And what the crap?! Never ever has she been a favorite!

  10. Elle says:

    I love Chloe!! She is perfect for Katniss.

  11. renee says:

    NO NO NO!!!

    she is TOO YOUNG and she doesn't fit the role, she should put that in her head. I WANT KAYA SCODELARIO!

    • Unknown says:

      NOOO! not Kaya or Hailee or Chloe or Jodelle or Danielle Chuchran! Goodness! I really think they should cast an unknown! Someone who looks like her and can really act! All these actress are GREAT!! Just NOT RIGHT FOR KATNISS!! I want to see a new face and not associate them with another role… They should get an unknown… All. The. Way!!!

    • Guest says:

      yessssss kaya. they have to cast her. everyone else is either too young or doesn't look the part. hailee steinfeld is cute, but she's only 14. waaaaay to young.

  12. Jen says:

    She looks way prefect for the role!

  13. Elle says:

    The only places I've heard Chloe's name for Katniss is media outlets. She is not a fan pick for the role.

    Way too young.

  14. Lydia says:

    Chloe is like my perfect image for Katniss. In the books she was young but not as young as Chloe. But if they got the other characters to fit in with Chloe I think she would be wonderful. Like Prim has to look younger than Chloe but not by too much because in the books she was only 3 or so years apart from her.

  15. Saine says:

    Like others have said, Moretz is far too young. Hailee Steinfeld is borderline too young as well. With the life the character of Katniss has had she seems older than she is, anyway, so couple that with the nature of the story and I can see Hollywood execs casting someone a couple years older and possibly even changing Katniss' age for the movie (which would kind of suck).

    • Alicia says:

      It is said in the books that Katniss looks youn, which is why Haymitch wants her to play the innocence card. And Hailee Steinfeld would be perfect because while being young she looks older both physically and psychologically (talks like an adult in True Grit). Plus, she's even more talented than Moretz and she only has done ONE movie (exceptionnal). And hey! She's actually pretty interested. Therefore, I don't think there is any doubts that Haille will be cast soon!

      • Holly says:

        and a lot of fans want a new actress thats just come out…like Hailee

      • Guest says:

        Katniss and Peeta will do a lot of kissing. I think they're leaning for an actor who is around 18 or 20. (They gave Liam Hemsworth a look at the script and he's 21.) It wouldn't please some people that a 14 year old and a 21 year old are making out.

  16. Theda says:

    I think she'd be good for the role of Katniss if she was older. We need an older actor to play the role.

  17. Christie says:

    Too young looking! Katniss is supposed to be 16, not 12.

  18. Marc says:

    No, Chloe Moretz is just not right for this part. She is too young. Plus she doesn't play edgy parts well. Her role in "kick ass" was not believable.

  19. meg says:

    hell no!!!! i think kaya scodelario should be katniss!!! :)

  20. Notme says:

    I just hope Jack Black is Haymitch

  21. jellymuffinxoxo says:

    hahahahahaha. HELL NO. me no gusta about this. Sure she`s a great actress, lovely girl and eager to play the role of Katniss but the fans of the Hunger Games would be so highly disappointed… just sayin`. She just doesn`t fit the role. It`s not made for her.

  22. Bren says:

    NOOOOO!!!! TOO YOUNG!!! TOO…..NOT KATNISS!!! Please don't pick her!

  23. Alexis says:

    Dont get me wrong; I LOVE Cloe Moretz, especially in Diary of a Wimpy Kid and her impressive and amazing performance in Kick Ass, but she is just too young…. And an artificial coloring of olive on her skin tone wouldnt look too good. But she’s right, that would be a cool role to play.

  24. vexa says:

    i like chloe too. she was such a bad ass in kickass. i think her talent could allow her to pull off katniss everdeen.

  25. blah says:

    Sorry but I don't see Chloe as Katniss.

  26. sdgsfg says:

    NO NO NO Kaya Scodelario has to play Katniss. All the actresses people keep suggesting are either too young or too old. Kaya is perfect!

  27. Mayzie says:

    Hahahaha "legions of fans"? Kaya Scodelario is the actress I see suggested the most, I haven't seen Moretz promoted by fans ever

  28. kyle says:

    way too young. she should play maybe prim or someone else in the games. but not katniss.

  29. Liz says:

    Have people that suggested her for the role even read the books?!

  30. Sam says:

    Not necessarily too young, just too pure looking. She doesn't look like she's been hunting illegally for her survival for five years. If she was a few years younger, she might be a good Prim, though. But c'mon. Let's go for undiscovered, shall we?

  31. Ami says:

    Look at the picture of Katniss. Now the picture of Chloe. Any similarity? No? Exactly. I don't want some big name decent actress. Get a solid performer no one's heard of yet. Seriously.

  32. Alex says:

    Christian Serratos has dark hair and the olive skin. She's my choice.

  33. alexis says:

    maybe if she were older, but otherwise NO, she looks too feeble… definitely need an older and more strong willed looking character

  34. page says:

    she could be prim but not katniss

  35. momasgirlz says:

    Perhaps Chloe can play another tribute? Chloe is a tough super bad looking cookie but she should be from the capitol or from District 1, or 2??

  36. cl3blue says:

    lol she's not a fan favorite, not even close. kaya scodelario is. do your research l.a. times.

    • Guest says:

      i wish they did more articles are kaya. all the articles i've come across are about hailee steinfeld. but she's way too young. she's only 14. even if she is as great of an actor as people are saying. i don't want to see a 14 year old and a probable 18 or 20 year old actor making out. that's just wrong.

  37. emily says:

    no wayy. she iddd way to younge

  38. Sav says:

    I don't think Kaya or Saorise should get the role!
    Like Hailee :D
    And adored Chole in Kick-ass but don't see her as Katniss, sorry Chole! I really love ya though!

  39. sde says:

    Hugh Laurie as haymitch

  40. Chevi says:

    HOLY S@$T CHLOE MORETZ IS WHITE…. KATNISS EVERDEEN HAS DARK SKIN…That also disqualifies Hailee Steinfeld and any one else who is WHITE…. SOME ONE OF LATINO OR NATIVE AMERICAN DECENT NEEDS TO BE CAST!!!…. I swear to god if lions gate whitewashes this film to make money I will personally lead the boycott against this film

  41. Carlee says:

    I see Chloe as Prim, that i can see, Katniss…? i dont think so, if she were a little older maybe, but i can for sure see her as either Primrose or even Rue!!!

  42. Stephanie says:

    I agree with the idea of Hailee Steinfeld getting the part, although it would be nice to give the role to a struggling actress.

  43. I am so glad they are finally considering younger actresses for the role. The original names they threw out seemed way too old, especially if they chose to make the movie versions of the sequels as well. Chloe would make such a fiery Katniss – she completely trumped Nicholas Cage in Kickass – what a personality.

  44. Suua P. says:

    Ya know, Saoirse Ronan, Hailee Stienfield and Chloe Moretz are my top choices for Katniss. Kaya S. is British and Katniss is supposed to be American!

  45. sol says:

    NO! she's so young!!!!

  46. KAP says:

    A favorite? Hardly, she's WAY too young. Same goes for Hailee Steinfield.

    Kaya Scodelario would be SO much better.

    • Guest says:

      i agree! her fans keep making excuses for her and saying that she'll be 15 when filming starts and stuff, but she's still too young for katniss

  47. Jen says:

    This girl would be perfect for Prim but,I definitely think Chloe Bridges should play Katniss..looks around 16,perfect personality for Katniss,matches physical description, not too famous already(so she could become Katniss like we see Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan,Emma Watson as Hermonie Granger,etc) I vote Chloe Bridges or unknown actress:) Maybe Hailee Steinfeild could be one of the other tributes, because even she looks a little young for 16..I think Taylor Lautner should be a tribute as well:)

  48. Raina says:

    NO. NO. and once again, NOOOOOOOOO. Shes way too young and just NOT the right person. She wouldhave to make out with guys 10 years older than her if she got the part. NO. I would not even see the movie if she were in it. Get an unknown!!!!!!!

  49. Frank says:

    Funny how almost everyone who say she's too young then propose someone who's 18. Chloë is two years younger so you propose someone two years older then the role? And since the movie isn't yet in production, the more time passes, the more she gets closer to the right age, unlike many other.
    Seems some people fail at logic. =P

    I've read the first book not long ago and for the look, Saoirse Ronan would probably what i imagined, with her hairs darker.

  50. yes yes says:

    Chloe for Katniss is just Awesome !!!!
    the best choice.
    her action is just legendary.
    yeah.. she's young
    but look at her now… she looks way mature for her age.
    we want Hit Girl for Katniss so badly..!!

  51. Lisa says:

    Chloe is a strong young actor. I realize that Katniss is supposed to be 16, but in the books, it's said she looks younger. Chloe's 13 going on 14, and we have to keep in mind that movie making takes time, so she may not be our Katniss NOW, but maybe she will be in a year or two. As for looks, I think it will be hard enough to find the right personality for Katniss as is, let alone trying to find the whole package. I know this makes purist fans wince, and I wince as well, but sometimes actors don't fit the physical desciption of books. It's a fact, but I think Chloe can satisfy the us as the girl on fire with her acting chops.

  52. Anna says:

    I guess. I still think we need a NEW FACE!!!

  53. katy says:

    I think chloe would be better fitted as prim. I’d prefer hailee steinfeld to be katniss

    • Guest says:

      hailee is only about a year older. she'd still be making out with an actor is probably going to be 6 years older than her.

      • Joshua says:

        Put a quark in it Guest, Hailee has been nominated for her role in the movie "True Grit", and let me tell ya, after watching that movie, Hailee would be the perfect Katniss ;P

  54. sharonrival says:

    oh why you're so nice!

  55. Sophie says:

    I think it's sad she looks so young.
    She's a great actress and has the action background to do a lot of the stunts in the Hunger Games herself. I think her look could work well in a few years when she looks a bit older.
    It's a shame, but yes I think she looks a bit too young for it still.

  56. tam says:

    mabye she should play prim or someone – but Katniss needs to be older, olive skinned, and less sweet and inocent.

  57. Wylla says:

    Way too young. And think her skins too pale and her hair is way off. She just not Katniss ya know? i cant see her playing the part

  58. Louise says:

    I love Chloe Moretz. She is an amazing actress, but everyone's right. She's too young. Although she is very talented and she has the versatility to pull off a strong character such as Katniss, its not right. Like it doesn't fit. And to further my opinion neither does Kaya Scodelario or Hailee Steinfeld. They're both very talented as well, but it doesnt feel right. As an avid fan, i think she should definitely be new. Someone the fans can see and believe to be Katniss. Someone that can prove to the fans, that she is THE GIRL ON FIRE. Thats what i think anyway…unknown it is :)

  59. Louise says:

    So here's me ranting and never thought of Chloe being another part. I can totally see Chloe as Prim. I kinda saw her as Rue for a bit, but her description is way off. Chloe for Prim!! She deserves a part in these movies.

  60. Savannah says:

    I don't know how her acting is, but she looks nothing like how Susan described Katniss…

  61. NIKKI says:


  62. starr says:

    there is a comment after the first games where she says she looks fourteen at the oldest

  63. Harriet says:

    NO x 1,000,000,000 She's way too young and all I can associate her to is HIT GIRL. Ok actress but way too young. If they were gonna go younger I'd say the Hailee Steinfeld girl. Sorry

  64. Vanessa K. says:

    with all due respect, i think she's great, but she's way too young for the part.
    although the hunger games is exciting for "the game" , the hotness and chemistry between the characters play a major part as well.
    it will be sick and weird to see a girl this young developing romance in the story.
    it will just be wrong.

  65. Haley says:

    Honey im sure alot of people would die for this role!

  66. Com00 says:

    When the movie is made she will be close to 16 plus she is an excellent actress so the matter of age doesn’t really matter

  67. Suua P. says:

    I like this page! Know why? Because Saoirse Ronan, Hailee Steinfeld, and Chloe Moretz are my top three choices for Katniss because their performances would really bring the character to life.

  68. Anastasia says:



  69. Tiffani says:

    To young. I think if she were older, she could pull it off though. She just dosent look mature enough.

  70. Tiffani says:

    If she was blonde she could be a Prim…

  71. Summer says:

    She is obviously by no means a fan favorite! Too young, and doesn't look much like her anyway.
    What we want is a talented unknown. NOT CHLOE.

  72. ivanhoe says:

    Many want an actress that looks like Katniss and acts well enough to do her role justice. I say screw that! I want someone to transcend the role, where there performance is phenomenal enough that the concern of the characters original appearance would be a thing of the past. I only see Chloe having the potential to pull it off. The others may have great acting chops, but Chloe can pull it off in physical duress which is heavy in this survival story.
    Don't believe me that a performance can transcend a character's original appearance? Daniel Craig in Casino Royale comes to mind.

  73. Nicole says:

    She would be beter as Prim or Madge not Katniss shes to light haired and light skined to play katniss but her eyes kinnda look grayish

  74. Moretz says:

    вы мудаки

    Хлоя лучшая !!!!

  75. optan says:

    Chloe is not young at all, comparing her to Codi, who looks younger? Codi is older than Chloe, but Chloe looks much more mature. And girls age quickly, if Chloe doesn't grow too tall, she will be suitable to play 16 and older.

  76. Joshua says:

    Just as long as it's not Kaya S., she's british and Katniss is a naturally born American.

  77. erica says:

    She would be a cool choice to play Katniss but she is wayyy Too Young for the role

  78. Beckie says:

    Maybe she'll get a roll playing Prim? I just could not see her being Katniss. Bet she'd be good at playing Prim (Katniss's younger sister) though.

  79. Michael says:

    She may be a good actress, and I don’t really care ’cause the age, it’s just even SHE looks about 11 when in the book she looked about 14-15 when she was really 16. As long as you can make her look older to fit the part, I’m fine with it.

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