‘Hunger Games’ author: Jennifer Lawrence is ‘beautiful, unforgiving and brave’

March 17, 2011 | 2:39 p.m.
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Jennifer Lawrence (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Jennifer Lawrence has nabbed the lead role in “The Hunger Games” trilogy. In what was the worst-kept secret in Hollywood, Lionsgate studio has finally confirmed that the 20-year old Lawrence, who received an Oscar nomination for her role in “Winter’s Bone,” will play Katniss Everdeen in the adaptation of the uber-popular book series from Suzanne Collins.

Based on a script by Billy Ray (“State of Play”), “The Hunger Games” will begin production in April for a release next March. The film follows Katniss as she volunteers for the annual teen fight-to-the death contest called the Hunger Games after her younger sister is drafted for the craven competition. The film will track her role in the games as well as the burgeoning love triangle between her childhood friend Gale and her fellow competitor Peeta. Casting on those two roles should happen right quick.

Lionsgate and the filmmakers on the movie made a clear decision to age-up the 16-year old Everdeen. While 14-year old Hailee Steinfeld was in the running for the part, it’s interesting that they chose to go with the older actress. I’m sure it was a matter of talent, as well as logistics. By going with Lawrence the studio will have no compliance issues with child labor laws, a factor that could make production more expensive since the character of Everdeen is in practically every scene of the film. There are also,  in the book, moments  of nudity that, even tamed down for the screen, might be palatable for the studio with a young woman as opposed to a teenage girl.

Collins seems fine with the older Katniss. In a statement she said:  “Jennifer’s just an incredible actress.  So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave.  I never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role.  And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it.”

Lawrence’s contract involves options for the next two films in the prospective trilogy, a property that has come to rival “Twilight” in its popularity but has broader appeal,  with young men liking the gritty, dystopian trilogy almost as much as women.

— Nicole Sperling


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32 Responses to ‘Hunger Games’ author: Jennifer Lawrence is ‘beautiful, unforgiving and brave’

  1. realanonymousgirl2011 says:

    Yes! I am so excited for this! I totally agree, she is perfect for this part! Now I will just have to impatiently wait to see this movie. Can't wait to see who they cast for the guys.

    • isakurasaku says:

      oh they already picked Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworthe as Gale Woody Harrelson as Haymitch and well here's a link that tells you the rest

      Hope that helped :P

  2. fssa says:

    what a fail.

  3. Dim says:

    I hope everyone looks beyond her age and appearance because she is an enormously talented actress and you certainly can't feign talent. Doesn't she already have grey eyes, because it looks like she does. Now they just need to alter her appearance a little, cast Hunter Parrish as Peeta and cast the rest! I am too excited!

  4. Guest says:

    I really didn't imagine her at all like this!, but it's not like i can do anything about it. I can't wait to see it!!

  5. Tmiller says:

    I know zero about "The Hunger Games," but she was really good in "Winter's Bone."

  6. queenie says:

    hunger games main story is children killing children . Having beautiful 20 something splaying these characters kind of take the impact out of the story

    • alli says:

      i agree, and the book made me think that katniss was more average pretty but so brave everyone loved her. jennifer is obviously pretty…idk about this but hopefully prim will be young. as long as the acted is good i wont have complaints. but if this ends up to be like the twilight movie compared to the book…i will be writing letters to casting, directing, and editing that they are ruining an amazing series.

      • rosy says:

        Jennifer is not pretty enough for katniss! Sexy yes, personality yes but she is not beautiful enough for Katniss consider herself plain but dressed by Cinna she is stunning. If only she was a more expressive actress I would be more supportive. I'm surprised she was ever nominated for an Oscar, winter's bone was a snooze fest and that from someone who loves independent and foreign films.

        After seeing the trailer I feel she could also have done better with the characterization, flawed acting, flawed characterization, What a fail.

  7. Sam says:

    HG fans love the books because they are about CHILDREN. Katniss is 16, looks 14, olive skin and very thin. Jennifer Lawrence looks like a 25 year old Pamela Anderson. The whole story changes using adult actors and that’s what she is, an adult. Harry Potter has been such a great success because they used children. Has Lions Gate watch JJ Abrams new trailer “Super 8”? He uses child actors for his main characters and it’s wonderful. Does Lions Gate really believe HG fans don’t care? I understand Stephanie Collins had no choice, it was the Execs at Lions Gate.

  8. Rob says:

    She better start practicing with a bow and arrow. I read Hunger Games and Katniss is an avatar of the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis. She is a crack shot with a bow and arrow.

  9. Bookworm says:

    Katniss has brown hair . . . this girl is too pretty to play the part . . . disappointed . . . hope the movie stays close to the book but it doesn't look like it . . . will be another disappointment like Twighlt

    • alli says:

      exactly! katniss is on the verge of starving to death…so what is this? the whole impact was that it was CHILDREN killing CHILDREN, not adults..most adults in the book cannot be trusted. casting has been dissapointing. might as well put some attractive and gentle guy as president rose.

  10. EmilyB says:

    Everyone who is concerned that JL is too beautiful to play Katniss, you should watch Winter's Bone. It was a great film: she is fierce yet sullen (just like Katniss) and she did not look glamorous in any way. Once she dyes her hair, I think it will be okay.

  11. Megan sims says:

    I loved the book so I have to love the!!!

  12. Megan sims says:

    I love the book so the movie has to be good!!

  13. Beckie says:

    I'm glad that they got someone a little older then 16 to play in this movie, because like they pointed out in the article, the movie might include violent scenes, nudity, etc. I don't think this movie will be target at kids or tweens at all so getting an older actress was a smart move because people watching this will be young adults and adults. I'm surprised Jennifer got this part though just because of her appearance, but I don't think that will be an issue once they get into filming. My only concern is who will be playing Peeta and Gale? Hopefully someone around Jennifer's age because that'd be little weird if it was someone younger then her. Just my opinion.

  14. michael says:

    i cant wait 2 see this i read all 3 books i wanted her to end up with gale so badly

  15. Andrea says:

    As a huge Harry Potter and Hunger Games fan, I have to say that small deviations between book and movie do not bother me as much as some other fans who are angered by Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss. After each HP movie, there has been outcry from some groups of fans about every single little thing that is done differently in the movie. I honestly believe that in order for a movie and book to stand as their own franchise, sometimes things need to be tweeked. Let's embrace the movie and hope that it can stand alone yet be just as great as the books!

  16. Brooke says:

    I think that the use of children in the series was what made it so important. Children going through situations that most adults cannot even deal with. Using adults would not have the same effect as using children.

  17. sky.c says:

    fer real shes supposed to b a kid still and they made her an adult !!!!!! there is the reason why tou cant trust adults to make a childs decision

    • kaity says:

      When you can learn how to spell I might respect your opinions a little more. Pay attention in class or go back to high school. I'm only fourteen and I'm better than that.

  18. Rika says:

    I think Lawrence is fine to play Katniss but I still hope they got someone younger. Someone who looks like 16. She's a bit old to play the role in my opinion, but if she can act that good to be able to make the movie makers choose her to play the role then I guess it's okay.

    I guess Hutcherson and Hemsworth are fine too to play Peeta and Gale. I really do hope they'll do good. I don't want any further disappointments.

    I'm really, really looking forward to this. Hunger Games is one of my favorite books. I hope movie makers won't take the heart of the book out in this movie, just like they did in Percy Jackson.

  19. Patrick says:

    Now I'm concerned with who they will cast as Rue. They better not white wash her, that's all I wanna say.

  20. Haley says:

    I think that Jennifer Lawrence is PERFECT for the part of Katniss Everdeen, and I like all the other cast member choices as well. I think that this movie will be a hit, wheter you have read the books or not, I personally have read the books and they were amazing. I can't wait for this movie to come out, and after like a year, since it came out, it will be on telivision and I will still be watching it fallen in love with it because it's so powerful, between the Peeta and Katniss affair, fake or not fake?, and Katniss and Gale, also the fight scene where Rue dies, and Katniss shoots the boy, directly in the neck, and also when she volunteers for Prim, it sent cold shivers down my spine! I <3 the HUNGER GANES SERIES

  21. kaity says:

    I think you guys are making this into too big of a deal. I'm a kid,14, and I don't mind the decisions that the adult producers made in casting. This book was dark and I don't think a kid should be working around some of the themes it revolves around.

    On the side note Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress, let's just be happy we didn't get another Kristen Stewart. ( I'm already upset that they are even considering her and Patisson for the Maximum Ride movies.) Jennifer is real, she's not perfect, but she knows how to act. And honestly I wouldn't want to be on set with a talentless moody anorexic if that is what you all were looking for. I mean seriously, what is with the superficiality of every American these days.

    So people, we couldn't have done any of this better ourselves. These people put hard work into this and countless hours that many of us wouldn't be able to devote ourselves.

    I myself didn't get to see winter bone, but in X-men First Class Jennifer was given a fascinating, strong, and important role that made me actually fall in love with Mystique's character. Her acting was strong and deep, it made you see things in her character that you didn't just hear with your own ears. Plus she turns evil! I normally hate all bad guys, no matter how much depth they are given!

    Just give her a chance and don't blame her for every little change she makes to Katniss's character because chances are that she just did the best with what she was told to do.

  22. kaity says:

    I think you guys are making this into too big of a deal. I'm a kid,14, and I don't mind the decisions that the adult producers made in casting. This book was dark and I don't think a kid should be working around some of the themes it revolves around.

  23. Natalie says:

    I don't understand why they got a black girl for Rue. And this is one of the best books I've ever read and the movie looks perfect too. Also, jennifer lawrence is the perfect girl to play katniss in the movie. And I barely even recognize her with the blonde hair. She looks so much more different in real life.

  24. Tori says:

    Natalie because the people of District 11 were portrayed as having dark skin and hair and living in the deep south. It is assumed that they are African American.

  25. bob says:

    Shes a really good actress. Kind of plain looking though don't know why people say shes beautiful.

  26. juliet says:

    In the book, Rue is black. Idiots…

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