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The Hunger Games adaptation hungrily eyes Jennifer Lawrence, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and more

03.03.2011

The pursuit of the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES is one of Hollywood's hottest competitions, and two of last Sunday's Oscar nominees are among the candidates.

Jennifer Lawrence (WINTER'S BONE) and Hailee Steinfeld (TRUE GRIT), along with Abigail Breslin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), are reportedly among the frontrunners for the part, with Lawrence seemingly in the lead.

UPDATE: EW tosses a few more names in the mix for our potential Katniss: KICK-ASS kid Chloë Moretz, as well as Lyndsy Fonseca, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, "Skins" U.K. star Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning, and Shailene Woodley.

Gary Ross (BIG, PLEASANTVILLE, SEABISBUIT) is adapting Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult book series, poised to become the next TWILIGHT SAGA-sized success. As with most big movies, THE HUNGER GAMES has a release date before it has a cast -- the Lionsgate movie is already slotted for release on March 23, 2012.

The story (which sounds like chunks of BATTLE ROYALE, THE RUNNING MAN and THE BLOOD OF HEROES) is set in a near future where "the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch."

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Extra Tidbit: I swear I'm going to read this before the movie comes out. Right after I finish Patton Oswalt's "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland" and the other 20 unopened books here, maybe...
Source: VarietyEW

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4:46PM on 03/04/2011
I loved this series and think for these movies to work it would have to be Lawrence. Katniss is suppose to be gorgeous and tough and has gotta be able to sing. Maybe Steinfeld but Breslin, no way. Hope it holds up to the books!!
I loved this series and think for these movies to work it would have to be Lawrence. Katniss is suppose to be gorgeous and tough and has gotta be able to sing. Maybe Steinfeld but Breslin, no way. Hope it holds up to the books!!
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12:07AM on 03/04/2011
Great casting director, let's just add any girl who made any sort of noise on the past year to the list
Great casting director, let's just add any girl who made any sort of noise on the past year to the list
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11:49PM on 03/03/2011
I was just about to start reading The Hunger Games. Had no idea they were making a movie. My vote is for ChloŽ Moretz.
I was just about to start reading The Hunger Games. Had no idea they were making a movie. My vote is for ChloŽ Moretz.
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10:36PM on 03/03/2011
They aren't the only ones eyeing Lawrence.
They aren't the only ones eyeing Lawrence.
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8:26PM on 03/03/2011

Hailee Steinfeld

She owned True Grit and I was really hoping for her to upset Leo at the Oscars. But did they really have to add every other young actress to the list? Ronin in close second though.
She owned True Grit and I was really hoping for her to upset Leo at the Oscars. But did they really have to add every other young actress to the list? Ronin in close second though.
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3:22PM on 03/03/2011
I've always thought that Madeline Carroll from Flipped would be a good Katniss but it seems that Lionsgate has their favorites.
I've always thought that Madeline Carroll from Flipped would be a good Katniss but it seems that Lionsgate has their favorites.
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10:48AM on 03/03/2011
Age wise, who's closest to the lead in the story?
Age wise, who's closest to the lead in the story?
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11:32AM on 03/03/2011
Probably Stanfield. Katniss in the books is 16. I think Lawrence is 20, Stanfield is 14 and Breslin is probably either 13 or 14.
Probably Stanfield. Katniss in the books is 16. I think Lawrence is 20, Stanfield is 14 and Breslin is probably either 13 or 14.
9:51AM on 03/03/2011

On the right track

The books are fantastic and well worth the read. I think, if his casting choices are any indication, Gary Ross is going to do a great job with the films. Seeing as its a trilogy, Lawrence might be tough. She'd be great in the role, but they would have to move quick before she starts to look to old. Honestly though, anyone of these girls would do a fine job in the role.
The books are fantastic and well worth the read. I think, if his casting choices are any indication, Gary Ross is going to do a great job with the films. Seeing as its a trilogy, Lawrence might be tough. She'd be great in the role, but they would have to move quick before she starts to look to old. Honestly though, anyone of these girls would do a fine job in the role.
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7:32AM on 03/03/2011
since it's a trilogy, better going with breslin. she's the best actress and the best age if theyre going to start rolling soon.
since it's a trilogy, better going with breslin. she's the best actress and the best age if theyre going to start rolling soon.
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8:23PM on 03/03/2011
Best actress out of the three? The other two were just nominated for academy awards.
Best actress out of the three? The other two were just nominated for academy awards.
11:51PM on 03/03/2011
Abigail Breslin has also been nominated for an academy award.
Abigail Breslin has also been nominated for an academy award.
6:20AM on 03/03/2011

I Pray they dont screw this up...

Don't let the teen Twilight crap fool you - it is a hardcore tale, where children die violently in a merciless world. The books are freakin outstanding. Seriously, I am 33 years old and my wife basically forced me to read the 1st book and I read the entire series in less than a week, maybe it's because I'm a rebel at heart but man, I could envision a truly EPIC trilogy. I hope they get it right... For the record Hallie Steinfeld would be perfect for Katniss.
Don't let the teen Twilight crap fool you - it is a hardcore tale, where children die violently in a merciless world. The books are freakin outstanding. Seriously, I am 33 years old and my wife basically forced me to read the 1st book and I read the entire series in less than a week, maybe it's because I'm a rebel at heart but man, I could envision a truly EPIC trilogy. I hope they get it right... For the record Hallie Steinfeld would be perfect for Katniss.
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8:40PM on 03/03/2011
Completely agree with everything you said. I'm a 28 year old guy, who took a chance on the books and couldnt put them down either. Knocked 'em out in about a week. So, anyone who's having second thoughts about reading the trilogy shouldnt. They're great.

I do hate how Twilight is brought up in comparison to these books all the time now, and I will loathe the films if they focus on the love triangle, and cater to the Twilight crowd.

As for actresses, Hallie Steinfeld would be the PERFECT
Completely agree with everything you said. I'm a 28 year old guy, who took a chance on the books and couldnt put them down either. Knocked 'em out in about a week. So, anyone who's having second thoughts about reading the trilogy shouldnt. They're great.

I do hate how Twilight is brought up in comparison to these books all the time now, and I will loathe the films if they focus on the love triangle, and cater to the Twilight crowd.

As for actresses, Hallie Steinfeld would be the PERFECT choice for the role. She was so grown for her age in True Grit, and that's what Katniss needs to be in these films. She'd be awesome for it.
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2:30AM on 03/03/2011
Chloe Moretz would definitely be better than Breslin.
Chloe Moretz would definitely be better than Breslin.
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10:36PM on 03/03/2011
Couldn't say it better myself.
Couldn't say it better myself.
12:53AM on 03/03/2011
My order who I want to play the role would be the order of the pictures at the top of the article.
My order who I want to play the role would be the order of the pictures at the top of the article.
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12:18AM on 03/03/2011
I am really interested in this movie now because of the possible leading ladies.
I am really interested in this movie now because of the possible leading ladies.
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12:00AM on 03/03/2011
I need to check out the series, as well. I can't help but imagine that any of those actresses would do a fine job, though. The character is supposed to be 16 years old, so all of them could play that general range.
I need to check out the series, as well. I can't help but imagine that any of those actresses would do a fine job, though. The character is supposed to be 16 years old, so all of them could play that general range.
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