Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) along with actress Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) are in the running for the lead role in “The Hunger Games” for Lionsgate reports Variety.
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.
Lawrence is apparently the favourite for the role described as a woman between 15 and 20. The catch is the age of whomever they hire because once the decision has been made, it will affect the audience demographic and more importantly the rest of the film’s casting.
Lawrence is 20, Steinfeld and Breslin are 14. Should they cast younger, it will be trickier finding a male lead but all three actresses also have busy schedules.
Collins adapted her own book which Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass”) has re-written. Lionsgate is currently working out the film’s budget.