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Jennifer Lawrence will devour The Hunger Games

03.17.2011

I hadn't heard anything about this movie until a week ago, and now I can't seem to stop writing about it.

I last wrote about the current competition for the male lead in THE HUNGER GAMES, a contest between Alex Pettyfer and Josh Hutcherson, but before that we covered the slate of Oscar nominated young women up for the REAL lead in the film, the part of Katniss, who competes in the children-fight-to-the-death Hunger Games competition in order to win food and supplies for her community in a dystopian future.

The race was between Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence, with Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Roberts, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley were also being considered.

Lawrence was considered the frontrunner, and now we have confirmation via The Wrap that the role is indeed hers.

The young actress was nominated for an Oscar this year for WINTER'S BONE, and shows up in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS as a young Mystique. Gary Ross (SEABISCUIT) is directing, and the film won't hit theaters for about a year, March 23, 2012.

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Extra Tidbit: Is it weird that I'm wary of reading the book for fear of spoiling the movie?
Source: The Wrap

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1:32PM on 03/18/2011
To me she was the best choice for the role so im happy she got it. I hope they stay true to the book though as the hunger games is terrific. I dont think the age is a big deal because she isnt that old and i'll trade that to get a gorgeous academy award nominee.
To me she was the best choice for the role so im happy she got it. I hope they stay true to the book though as the hunger games is terrific. I dont think the age is a big deal because she isnt that old and i'll trade that to get a gorgeous academy award nominee.
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2:14AM on 03/18/2011
The supposed "popularity" of these books is a bit mystifying to me. I have never heard anyone anywhere ever talk about these books unless it is in reference to the fact they are making a movie out of them.
The supposed "popularity" of these books is a bit mystifying to me. I have never heard anyone anywhere ever talk about these books unless it is in reference to the fact they are making a movie out of them.
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7:38PM on 03/17/2011
Disappointed. She is gorgeous and a great actress, but she is too old to play Katniss. Just not how I would have pictured her, age is important for this story. Chloe Moretz or Hailee Steinfeld would have been a much better choice.
Disappointed. She is gorgeous and a great actress, but she is too old to play Katniss. Just not how I would have pictured her, age is important for this story. Chloe Moretz or Hailee Steinfeld would have been a much better choice.
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8:12PM on 03/17/2011
I thought I read that the reason they wanted an older Katniss is so they could have an older Peeta and Gale.

Moretz and Steinfeld are both great.
I thought I read that the reason they wanted an older Katniss is so they could have an older Peeta and Gale.

Moretz and Steinfeld are both great.
5:53PM on 03/17/2011
The books are basically better written versions of Twilight. They deal with essentially the same subject matter (angsty teenage female main character in love triangle with two just as equally angsty male sub-characters) only instead of vampires and werewolves, they ripped off (and watered down) Battle Royale.

That being said, they're still well-written and entertaining books. And the government the author designed is actually rather interesting (like if Hollywood and Soviet Russia combined
The books are basically better written versions of Twilight. They deal with essentially the same subject matter (angsty teenage female main character in love triangle with two just as equally angsty male sub-characters) only instead of vampires and werewolves, they ripped off (and watered down) Battle Royale.

That being said, they're still well-written and entertaining books. And the government the author designed is actually rather interesting (like if Hollywood and Soviet Russia combined forces and took over the world), and I'm sure this will make a lot of money at the box office. Especially now that they've decided to cast someone sexier (instead of younger, Laurence is 20, the character she plays is 14 in the first book) to pull in a male audience.

There's not much to spoil in the book, considering it's the first in a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. But you may be disappointed by how much I'm sure they'll have to edit out to get a PG-13 rating. The books may be "Battle Royale for 13 year olds" but they still deal with mature themes (namely graphic depictions of children murdering each other), so if something like that would disappoint you, you may want to hold off on reading it.
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8:18PM on 03/17/2011
Battle Royale isn't exactly an original story. And The Hunger Games is similar to Twilight in that it has a young female protagonist and there are love interests. The romances aren't the focus of the story like they are in Twilight and Katniss isn't fail in human form.

Also, Katniss is 16 in the first book but there are flashbacks to her as an 11 year old.
Battle Royale isn't exactly an original story. And The Hunger Games is similar to Twilight in that it has a young female protagonist and there are love interests. The romances aren't the focus of the story like they are in Twilight and Katniss isn't fail in human form.

Also, Katniss is 16 in the first book but there are flashbacks to her as an 11 year old.
3:57PM on 03/17/2011
Hey Paul, remember when you called jennifer lawrence "total fug" on unreality? You still standing by that?
Hey Paul, remember when you called jennifer lawrence "total fug" on unreality? You still standing by that?
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2:49PM on 03/17/2011
Well, she can devour my "Hunger Games" anytime!!!

Yeah... I'll shut up now...
Well, she can devour my "Hunger Games" anytime!!!

Yeah... I'll shut up now...
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2:24PM on 03/17/2011
This was obvious. She is the best sctress out of all that were considered.

I like the rumors of Hunter Parrish (Silas, "Weeds") getting the lead male role.
This was obvious. She is the best sctress out of all that were considered.

I like the rumors of Hunter Parrish (Silas, "Weeds") getting the lead male role.
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3:54PM on 03/17/2011
I guess the role requires no charm or charisma . . .
I guess the role requires no charm or charisma . . .
1:34PM on 03/17/2011

Got wood?

I do! she's hot
I do! she's hot
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12:45PM on 03/17/2011
Tidbit? Depends. You could be ruining a good book by seeing a disappointing film adaptation or vice versa . . .
Tidbit? Depends. You could be ruining a good book by seeing a disappointing film adaptation or vice versa . . .
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12:43PM on 03/17/2011
I'm waiting for my wife to start reading her copy. If she likes it, I'll read it. Wasn't it agreed upon in the 'cast this' thread that Lawrence was considerably older than the lead in the book? Oh well, she's a good actress.
I'm waiting for my wife to start reading her copy. If she likes it, I'll read it. Wasn't it agreed upon in the 'cast this' thread that Lawrence was considerably older than the lead in the book? Oh well, she's a good actress.
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12:34PM on 03/17/2011
Extra: That is not weird in the slightest.

Read it after the movie, that way you pick up on extra details as opposed to yelling at the movie for leaving stuff out.
Extra: That is not weird in the slightest.

Read it after the movie, that way you pick up on extra details as opposed to yelling at the movie for leaving stuff out.
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3:31PM on 03/17/2011
Yes, I agree.
Yes, I agree.
3:49PM on 03/17/2011
That is a great idea. I wish I had thought of that before seeing Jarhead (though that wasn't an amazing film to begin with)
That is a great idea. I wish I had thought of that before seeing Jarhead (though that wasn't an amazing film to begin with)
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