For those who think Jennifer Lawrence is too blonde and Oscar-y to survive in post-apocalyptic North America, The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins would like to emphatically disagree. In a post written for Entertainment Weekly‘s The Hob, Collins defends Jennifer Lawrence’s casting as Katniss. I felt there was only one who truly captured the character I wrote in the book. And I’m thrilled to say that Jennifer Lawrence has accepted the role,” Collins raves. “In her remarkable audition piece, I watched Jennifer embody every essential quality necessary to play Katniss.” Given how truly committed Collins sounds in her letter, we wouldn’t be surprised if she actually made Lawrence battle to the death with another sweet adorable ingenue. Hey, we saw Winter’s Bone; we know you don’t mess with Jennifer.
Given how much Lawrence values the role of Katniss, a role Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning also vied for, it looks like Collins’ characters and Lawrence’s abilities are a match made in futuristic distopian heaven. “I think that was the essential question for me,” Collins gushed. “Could she believably inspire a rebellion? Did she project the strength, defiance and intellect you would need to follow her into certain war? For me, she did.” She means just in the book…right? Right? That’s it; where’s our crossbow?
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