Liongate Closing in on Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games Role
03.12.11 by Ryan
After testing and considering over 30 actresses for the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate is looking to cast Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress Oscar nominee for Winter's Bone) in the part.
Based on Suzanne Collins' series of young adult novels, Katniss is a teenager in a dystopian future of North America where she is picked to compete in a televised fight to the death called "The Hunger Games." Lionsgate and director Gary Ross have been looking at a variety of actresses from ages 14 to 20, with Deadline reporting that Lawrence has become the frontrunner above the final contenders of fellow Academy Award nominees Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), both two of the younger contenders at 14, and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), who, like Lawrence, is in her twenties.
However, while Lionsgate may have made their choice, Lawrence has yet to receive an offer. THR reports that Lawrence has "huge fans at the studio, but there is no final decision and certainly no offer."
After Winter's Bone, Lawrence has become an in-demand actress, appearing as Mystique in the upcoming X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class and is also lining up a role in Oliver Stone's upcoming drama, Savages.
The Hunger Games was adapted by screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play) and is set to open on March 23, 2012.