Jennifer Lawrence has opened up about being cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, the most sought-after role of the year. The Academy Award nominee completely understands the fan loyalty and the love people have for the character, and proves that she’s a super-fan too, calling the books “a masterpiece.”
Lawrence tells Entertainment Weekly, “I couldn’t be happier about being a part of Hunger Games and to play Katniss. I have a huge responsibility to the fans of this incredible book and I don’t take it lightly.” When asked what other kick-ass movie heroines Katniss reminds her of, Lawrence said “Sigourney Weaver’s “Ripley” in Alien is the first that comes to mind.”
Lawrence seems to be aware that she’s a controversial casting choice and sounds committed to the role. “I will give everything I have to these movies and to this role to make it worthy of Suzanne Collins‘ masterpiece,” she said.
A lot of people are up in arms overJennifer 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.
Hunter Parrish has been clogging our Twitter feed and Tumblr dashboard for months now, with Hunger Games fans adamantly insisting that HE.IS.PEETA. Apparently the campaigning has worked in his favor: Ol’ Dreamy Smilez (yes, that’s his new nickname) told E!’s Marc “Bowtie” Malkin that he’s in the running for the coveted role.
“I’ve met the producers,” says Parrish. “I’d be grateful to get the opportunity. Like, really grateful. It would be amazing.”
The film is all but guaranteed to be huge – and he’d be playing a baker’s son. What’s not amazing about that? The Weeds star, who’s read the beloved trilogy, also admitted to being “honored” by the massive fan support and voiced his favorite pick for Katniss. “If it’s Jennifer [Lawrence], man, sign me up!”
Looks like Hunter might be in luck. Reports continue to pour in that the Oscar-nominated Lawrence will indeed be Katniss. But her leading man is still in limbo. Alex Pettyferis apparently being considered for the role, and Josh Hutcherson has voiced his desire to land the part as well. They all basically look the same – strong jaw, big smile, boyishly handsome, soft bread-kneading hands. So who should it be? (BTW – there’s no way Pettyfer could play both Peeta and – rumor alert – Jace in The Mortal Intstruments, right? Two teen sci-fi romance series having the same leading man? Impossible, we say!)
No matter who plays Peeta, we’ll be weeping very publicly into our popcorn when the first film comes out. SIGH.
To be fair, we didn’t actually see Winter’s Bone, the film that landed Lawrence her Academy Award nomination, so we can’t pass judgment, but what do you guys think? he doesn’t look like Katniss, that’s for sure, but that’s what hair and makeup is for, right? And as for the other girls who were hoping for the part, we’re sure the roles of Prim, Johanna, and Foxface are still up for grabs.
The FABLife is playing March Celebrity Madness this month, putting 64 of our favorite stars into brackets and having you vote to decide our ultimate FAB icon. First we’ll be pitting four similar celebs against each other in the divisionals, with the winners pairing (and squaring) off in our Sweet 16 until only one is left standing. It’s just like the NCAA, except…ok, it’s nothing like the NCAA.
First off is the Acting Ingenues category: Hailee Steinfeld stole True Grit from Jeff Bridges, fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence is a likely shoo-in for The Hunger Games, Elle Fanning‘s rising profile has Hollywood saying “Dakota who?” and Kaya Scodelario of the UK Skins will play Catherine in the upcoming remake of Wuthering Heights. All these young women have had big breakouts of late, but which actress is your favorite? The polls don’t close until Friday, March 25th, so vote early and vote often!
Every time we think we have the cast of The Hunger Games figured out (in our head, at least), some new, young actors pop up as the frontrunners to play the lead roles, throwing us off our game completely. First we pegged Emily Browning as the perfect Katniss, then we saw Hailee Steinfeld and thought she totally looked the part, but now it’s rumored that Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence has Katniss in the bag. At 20, Lawrence is four years older than 16-year-old Katniss. Still, we’d rather her be too old than too young since Katniss is mature and pretty hardened for her age.
It was also reported this weekend that The Kids Are All Right star Josh Hutcherson wants to portray Peeta. We love this rumor, mostly because Hutcherson is the first male actor we’ve heard of who has geeked out over the source material. He told EW, “I love Peeta. The character is so much who I am—self deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play! Like in the third book? Oh my God!”
Well that just made us love him a little more. More than Alex Pettyfer, who is also supposedly in the running to play Peeta, but won’t commit until he sees a script. So do you like these new casting developments or do you guys still have favorite actors that aren’t being discussed? Name your picks!
The perfect Katniss should be “naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness,” and “underfed but strong,” according to the casting criteria. Sarcastic hand-clap, Hollywood. Way to turn the story of an impoverished into another reason to turn 14-year-old aspiring actresses on to an eating disorder. While it’s true that Katniss is poor and on the brink of starvation, do we really need to look for teenage actresses who are sinewy and malnourished? The casting director, Debra Zane, also confirms that they’re considering unknowns for the role of Katniss, so if you think you have what it takes to be a spry but starving archery-loving waif, have at it, girls!
Moretz gave an interview to L.A. Times in which she said “I read all of the books. I’d die to play Katniss. It’s such a cool role.” However, even though she’s enthusiastic she says she “hasn’t been in talks about it yet.” When TheFABLife created its Hunger Games dream cast, we actually pegged her for the Katniss’ sister Prim since she’s a bit younger. Breslin on the other hand, hasn’t played as many action roles as Moretz which makes her a less obvious choice, but she recently told MTV “I’m a huge fan of the books…. It’s amazing, obviously it would be great [to be in the film]. ” When asked which role in the series she would choose, Breslin responded “Obviously Katniss.” We had never considered Breslin before, but she’s thrown an intriguing twist into our dream cast. What say you, Hunger Games fans? Preference for either of these two, or are they both too young to play our semi-starved, love-triangled hero?
In a disturbing turn of events, The Hunger Games IMDB page has an actor listed for Peeta Mellark, and it’s not anyone we predicted. A relatively unknown actor and essentially the opposite of what we imagined while lusting for Peeta as we peeled through the series, Gabriel Liotta is listed to play the lovestruck golden boy. While we recognize that anyone with a pro account can contribute to IMDB’s pages, why hasn’t it been corrected if false? We’re having a mini meltdown here. What happened to our original prediction of Garrett Hedlund? Or Hunter Parrish? Even Alex Pettyfer?!
We’ll keep you posted with further casting news and rumors. Until then, who’s your dream Peeta?
It’s no secret that we here at the FABlife love The Hunger Games, which is a trilogy of young adult books that we’ve become all Twilight about. And you KNOW we love us some Twilight. We are so into the books that we put together our dream cast for the impending Gary Ross directed movies and thought Emily Browning would be great for the role of Katniss. She would be, because she’s awesome, but then Hailee Steinfeld came along and we fell in love with her. Apart from being a fantastic actress, she’s so well dressed and age appropriate that she puts that Taylor Momsen‘s and Miley Cyrus‘ of the world to shame. Would Hailee be perfect for the role of Katniss (she also totally loves the books, FYI)? The answer is a resounding yes. Our Kate Spencer has predicted it too, and she’s (almost) never wrong!
With all the Hailee-Katniss buzz it’s almost fortuitous that the release date for The Hunger Games has been announced and Ross is apparently going to start filming late spring or summer. Announce the cast already, guys! March 23rd, 2012 … mark the date.