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A look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

05.18.2011

Younger book readers will be counting next year's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' THE HUNGER GAMES among the most anticipated movies, and they have been especially anxious to see how heroine Katniss Everdeen would look in the flesh.

Now EW has the first image of star Jennifer Lawrence in the role, and if you read the book(s), it shouldn't be too far from expectation as the important elements are present -- bow, braid, mockingjay pin. (You can compare to the artist depiction of Katniss from the books' UK covers below.) Lawrence does appear to have trimmed down a bit for the part (she's supposed to be hungry, after all).

The slaughter begins on March 23, 2012, with director Gary Ross (BIG, PLEASANTVILLE, SEABISBUIT) adapting the book about a futuristic society where young representatives of twelve Districts participate in a brutal contest for the entertainment of the rich and powerful. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci also star.

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Extra Tidbit: I think Lawrence looks better in this role than the blue Mystique makeup...
Source: EW

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12:18PM on 05/19/2011
This story intrigues me.

I don't know what it is about Jennifer Lawrence but in everything I see her in or on she comes off as stuck up. She looks like a girl who is very aware of her givings and position in life and is not surprised at all.
This story intrigues me.

I don't know what it is about Jennifer Lawrence but in everything I see her in or on she comes off as stuck up. She looks like a girl who is very aware of her givings and position in life and is not surprised at all.
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11:50AM on 05/19/2011
She's one of the most beautiful actresses to come out in the last few years. She's perfect for this role.
She's one of the most beautiful actresses to come out in the last few years. She's perfect for this role.
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9:18AM on 05/19/2011
So... I'm the only one who keeps misreading the character's name as 'Catnip'?

It's very distracting.
So... I'm the only one who keeps misreading the character's name as 'Catnip'?

It's very distracting.
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9:38AM on 05/19/2011
Oddly enough, they call her that in the book because her name is so weird.
Oddly enough, they call her that in the book because her name is so weird.
6:43AM on 05/20/2011
Ah, right - so it's kind of an intentional thing on the author's part. Cheers for the explanation.
Ah, right - so it's kind of an intentional thing on the author's part. Cheers for the explanation.
7:11AM on 05/19/2011
is she related to Matthew Lawerence?
is she related to Matthew Lawerence?
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12:42AM on 05/19/2011
Huge fan of the books...currently reading the third one..I think Jennifer Lawrence looks amazing as Katniss. At first I was nervous that these books were going to be a twilight-like movie. But with the directors and the cast I am truly excited.
Huge fan of the books...currently reading the third one..I think Jennifer Lawrence looks amazing as Katniss. At first I was nervous that these books were going to be a twilight-like movie. But with the directors and the cast I am truly excited.
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10:01PM on 05/18/2011

Wait... what?

Younger book readers? Young people don't read books. They're too busy texting and riding around on hover-bikes.
Younger book readers? Young people don't read books. They're too busy texting and riding around on hover-bikes.
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9:59PM on 05/18/2011
I was not a fan of casting her at first, but now I'm sold. She looks amazing.
I was not a fan of casting her at first, but now I'm sold. She looks amazing.
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9:47PM on 05/18/2011
In the words of Russell Edgington...

FANTASTIC!
In the words of Russell Edgington...

FANTASTIC!
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9:07PM on 05/18/2011
Aside from the fact that she's a looker, I'm really impressed with their faithfulness to the character. Down to the braid and everything. Looks like she's had a few "hollow" days too. *obligatory book joke*
Aside from the fact that she's a looker, I'm really impressed with their faithfulness to the character. Down to the braid and everything. Looks like she's had a few "hollow" days too. *obligatory book joke*
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