Jennifer Lawrence has landed the hotly contested role of Katniss Everdeen in the forthcoming movie adaptation of The Hunger Games.
The 20 year old actor has had an extremely high profile year, landing an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for the lead role of Ree in 2010 rural noir film Winter’s Bone. In the film, Lawrence plays a young teenager in the Ozark mountains, forced to raise her family in lieu of a mentally absent mother (*erhem!*), in a cloistered rural industrial environment where everything is rusting (*ERHEM*), and trying to find the whereabouts of her bail-jumping, meth-cooking father before their land is seized by the county sheriff.
Based on those chops alone, the Tor.com office thinks Lawrence is an excellent choice to tackle the role of Katniss. Lawrence’s character in Winter’s Bone is tough but nuanced, scared s#%*less one second and naively determined the next. (And she’s no stranger to survival skills, as this squirrel-skinning scene can attest.) Her transformation from that movie to the Oscar red carpet echoes Katniss’s similar glamming in The Hunger Games, as well.
Lawrence is also set to play Mystique in the upcoming X-Men: First Class film. With the role of Katniss now confirmed, her presence in genre films is bound to be long-lasting.
We do have one request to make of The Hunger Games casting. As long as we’re poaching from Winter’s Bone, how about fellow cast member (and former Sol Star) John Hawkes as Katniss’s drunken mentor Haymitch?
Stubby the Rocket is the mascot and sometimes random voice of the Tor.com staff. It’s quietly hoping Ian McShane can be squeezed into The Hunger Games somewhere, as well.