Every Young Actress Up for the Lead Role in The Hunger Games
Posted 03.04.11 by Ryan
The role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games has become the coveted role for young actresses in Hollywood, and they're in luck, since almost every actress is up for the part. Based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins, Katniss is a teenager in a dystopian future where teens are forced into a televised competitions called "The Hunger Games" where the contestants are forced to fight to the death.
Last month, Kick-Ass star Chloë Moretz revealed that she would "die" to play the part, just days afterTrue Grit's Hailee Steinfeld said she had her "http://www.Reelz.com/movie-news/8885/true-grits-hailee-steinfeld-has-her-fingers-crossed-for-hunger-games-lead/">"fingers crossed" that she would claim the role.
EW reports that approximately 30 actresses are competing alongside Moretz and Steinfeld, including Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), Emma Roberts (Scream 4), Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario (Moon), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), and Shailene Woodley (ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager).
The EW report says there is currently no frontrunner for Katniss. Steinfeld told MTV before the Oscars that she has already met with director Gary Ross and Variety reports that Lawrence has "generated the most interest."
Of all the contenders, Lawrence is one of the elder actresses at 20. The Variety report contends that age is a factor for Ross, as the age of the actress he chooses will impact the audience demographic and other casting, such as fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta. In the first book, Katniss is 16 years old, however Moretz, Steinfeld, and Breslin are all 14. Trying to cast actors in that age range could be a challenge.
Ross will have time to make a decision, as production on the adaptation is still a couple months away.
While we await the news, be sure to vote for your top choice for Katniss and the other Hunger Games roles.Vote in the Hunger Games Cast-O-Rama >>
Next Showing: The Hunger Games
opens March 23, 2012