“Winter’s Bone” and “X-Men: First Class” star Jennifer Lawrence is close to being a lock for the lead role of Katniss in “The Hunger Games” for Lionsgate reports the trades.
The project is based on the Suzanne Collins novel series which have developed a major following across all ages and is said to potentially be the ‘next Twilight’. The first in a planned trilogy, the story involves a young love triangle playing out against a dystopian future where North America has been divided into twelve oppressed districts, each of which is forced to send tribute in the form of a boy and a girl to compete in a televised battle to the death once a year.
Collins adapted her own book which Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass”) has re-written. Lionsgate is currently working out the film’s budget but is said to be aiming for a PG-13 rating. Lawrence’s is expected to head into talks for the role next week.