Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss in “The Hunger Games”

After months of auditions and speculation, Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as archer, survivor and revolutionary Katniss Everdeen in the hotly anticipated big-screen adaptation of the Hunger Games trilogy.

As a huge fan of the books (they landed on my favorite things of 2010 list, and I even fell down a flight of metal steps to buy the final book – no joke), I’ve been watching the casting rumors with one stank-eye, and I have to say I’m not particularly thrilled with the outcome. Lawrence has her charms, don’t get me wrong – but I was expecting someone with a little more grit for this character, who is seriously one of the strongest, hardest and least bullshitty heroines to come along in ages. (Plus, she’s supposed to be 16?)

I only mention this casting because anyone who has read the books (which are kind of like Battle Royale for young adults) knows that they are incredibly violent and effed-up, boasting a brutal body count that most slashers would kill for. I still don’t know how the filmmakers are going to pull the adaptation off, and now I have to admit I’m questioning their approach even more. Needless to say, I hope I’m proven very wrong.

Anyone have thoughts on the casting?


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