While many teen-lit adaptations are currently being setup in the hopes of becoming the next “Twilight”, only one announced project is stirring enough online buzz to possibly justify that claim – the film based on Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”.
So when it was confirmed earlier this week that blond, blue-eyed 20-year-old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence had been hired to play the female lead of Katniss Everdeen, a character described as “having long, black hair, usually in a braid, gray eyes, and olive skin”, the reaction proved quite varied.
In the last day or two, the film’s director Gary Ross, author Suzanne Collins, and even Lawrence herself have given statements and interviews about the casting of the “Winter’s Bone” star and where they intend to go with the character.
Ross tells EW that “I talked to Suzanne extensively about this. Suzanne saw every single audition. And not only did Suzanne not have an issue with Jen’s age, she felt you need someone of a certain maturity and power to be Katniss… Suzanne was incredibly adamant about this. Far from being too old, she was very concerned that we would cast someone who was too young. In Suzanne’s mind, and in mine, Katniss is not a young girl. it’s important for her to be a young woman.”
Shortly after Collins said in a statement that “Jennifer’s just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it.”
Finally, Lawrence herself said in a statement “I have a huge responsibility to the fans of this incredible book and I don’t take it lightly”. Talk surrounding the film is only expected to increase as the other key roles, most notably that of the male lead, are locked down shortly.
In the regards to the other roles, Ross adds “Obviously, we have to make sure that the cast balances and makes sense. we’re very close. I have very, very good ideas about who I want in a lot of other roles. So I think there’ll be a lot of stuff coming pretty quickly.”