Hunger Games‘ Director Says Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss Was The “Easiest Casting Decision I’ve Ever Made”

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A lot of people are up in arms over Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games films, but one person who is completely thrilled with the pick is director Gary Ross. Ross has a lot to say to the detractors who claim that Lawrence is too old, too blonde, too whatever to play Katniss and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ross explains that after her audition, both he and Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins were convinced she was “absolutely the right person for the role,” he said. “It was the easiest casting decision I ever made in my life.”

“She came in and read for me and it just knocked me out. I don’t want to go into too many details, but we did a scene from the movie and it was so amazingly powerful that it was sort of stunning,” Ross said. “You glimpsed every aspect of the role and the potential of the whole movie.” Ross goes on to say that Collins was an integral part of the casting process as well. “Suzanne saw every single audition. And not only did Suzanne not have an issue with Jen’s age, she felt you need someone of a certain maturity and power to be Katniss. This is a girl who needs to incite a revolution. …To Suzanne, Jen is the perfect realization of the character who is in her head.” And as for her looks? “I promise all the avid fans of The Hunger Games that we can easily deal with Jennifer’s hair color.”

Ross also said that while plenty of people have read for the other roles in the film, who gets cast as Peeta and Gale will depend entirely on chemistry with Lawrence. Well, that makes predicting this sort of thing even harder.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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