‘True Grit’ Star Hailee Steinfeld Rumored For ‘The Hunger Games’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 23rd, 2012 at 9:43 am,

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Recruiting Hailee Steinfeld (a.k.a. Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit) to play the strong-willed, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games seems like as much a no-brainer as casting Mark Strong to be the antagonist in a big-budget production (we kid Mr. Strong – sort of).

Current rumors, however, do peg Miss Steinfeld as being a legitimate contender to star in director Gary Ross’ PG-13 adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s runaway hit novel – the first in a trilogy about a dystopian future in which adolescents must battle one another to the death.

The source for this otherwise unsubstantiated rumor is Cinematical, which also pointed out that Steinfeld is very much an ideal candidate to play Hunger Games‘ Katniss, in terms of both her age and from a physical standpoint (hair color, skin tone, and slender build). Steinfeld’s Mattie Ross persona is also virtually identical to Miss Everdeen’s; both are fiercely independent, capable young women who can be ruthlessly efficient (especially when it comes to taking care of business) but remain very likable and admirable figures.

Katniss is also a deadly warrior whose abilities are put to the test when she competes in the annual Hunger Games, a vicious government-sponsored event in which teenagers are pitted against one another in a death match that serves as a symbol of the Capitol’s might. The character’s mix of warrior instinct and emotional vulnerability also suggests that someone like Chloe Moretz, a.k.a. Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass, would be a natural fit as well – even though the young actress wouldn’t be allowed to drop as many (to quote Spock from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) “colorful metaphors” this next time around :-P.

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Steinfeld could receive an Oscar nod for her turn as Miss Ross and rightly so – while there’s no denying the Coens did an excellent job of scripting the character, Steinfeld delivered the right mix of convincing no-nonsense attitude and authentic emotion to make Mattie truly feel like a real person. While she is still a few years away from being a legal adult and should actually try to enjoy life as a teen, Steinfeld does just seem like almost a perfect fit to play the protagonist of The Hunger Games.

There are certainly other young women in the world capable of bringing Katniss to life and it’s possible that Ross will be inclined to select an unknown to star in his adaptation – as opposed to going with either the likes of Steinfeld or Moretz. It’s all speculation at this point, either way, but keep an eye out for more substantial news and information about this project over the next year.

The Hunger Games is not expected to reach theaters until either late 2012 or 2013.

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  1. yes! either one of those two would be perfect! i havent seen steinfeld in action, only from clips. but i think both are capable of portraying katniss!

    • They should cast an unknown for both males and females, I agree with conner.

      • connor/frank/jessie,

        Either you’re in a college dorm with roommates, or please stop commenting as if you’re different people in order to try to bolster your position.



  2. hmm

  3. I think Hailee could pull it off. But my heart is still set on Soairse Ronan to play Katniss.

    • Soairse Ronan doesn’t look like Katniss at all. I’m guessing you’ve read the books since “your heart is set” but that’s a weird and highly unlikely casting choice.

  4. I Think Lyndsy Fonseca Would Be The Best At playing Katniss… I know she is older but she looks younger and she has the kickass girl attitude like in Nikita! And Alex Pettyfer Would be the best Peeta!! There’s a really good YouTube video with them two as Peeta and lyndsy! Check it out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbxFZ8dB1cU&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

    • Lyndsy Fonseca is so not Katniss! She might be good as another Hunger Games tribute though. I think Alex Pettyfer is too tall to play Peeta.

  5. I Think Lyndsy Fonseca Would Be The Best At playing Katniss… I know she is older but she looks younger and she has the kickass girl attitude like in Nikita! And Alex Pettyfer Would be the best Peeta!! There’s a really good YouTube video with them two as Peeta and Katniss! Check it out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbxFZ8dB1cU&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

    • I dont know if you have read the Mortal Instruments but Alex Pettyfer is more of a Jace than a Peeta. And it is already rumored that he is in talks of playing Jace in the Mortal movie to come….

      • Exactly. Alex has more of that ‘badass’ look that’s more of Jace’s character. Peeta isn’t much of a badass…

  6. I think Hailee would be a FANTASTIC choice.


    • Agreed.This is the best rumored person for the role Ive heard of so far she was really great in True Grit.

    • Me too! She definitely has the physical attributes and of course we know she could handle the role. I hope they cast her as Katniss!!!

  7. Lyndsy Fonseca can play younger but, she in noway looks 16. and by the 3rd movie wouldn’t be close to 30 years old? Hailee is ok but her skin type is pale white and Katniss’s is olive. I think Malese Jow will be cast as Katniss.

  8. OH and I love the credibility of this article “The Rumor Mill” LOL. It must be official. Can’t wait to see who it will be next week.

    • Nemoe,

      I don’t get your point. We called it out as a rumor, we’re not saying it’s official. Personally I hope they go with her because I think she’d be a great fit.


    There are wayy more actors better suited for this part than them.
    Hailee and Chloe just dont fit!

    • jessie,

      I’m assuming you read the book(s). I agree Chloe isn’t the best fit but how can you say Hailee isn’t?


      • *******
        And btw, the creator of this website is a publicist for Hailee Steinfield.
        Do NOT listen to any of this gossip. It’s simply to ‘put her out there.’
        Shame on you.

        • connor,

          With all due respect, you have no idea what you’re talking about – so best you keep your conspiratorial theories to yourself.



          • Hahaha! Vic I wonder if they know who you are? I didn’t think you were a publicist too. You must be really busy! :)

  10. I’d add Madeline Carroll to the mix. She showed a lot of spunk and charm on the very under-appreciated Flipped. I wouldn’t be surprised if Soirse Ronan, Hailee Steinfeld or Abigail Breslin will get the role.

    • I’ve heard that Madeline doesn’t want to do “violent” projects and stick to more ‘kid friendly’ movies. She’s really talented though. Saoirse, Hailee, and Abbie would be amazing though, they have the talent to back up the girl on fire.

    • Are you just throwing out names of actresses in the appropriate age group? No one you mentioned even looks close to Katniss except Hailee Steinfeld but that was just you agreeing with this article.

  11. No. She is too young for the role of Katniss. Given the how dark the story gets and the role the character of Prim (Katniss little sister) I think Hailee Steinfeld would be perfect for that role.

  12. She’s to young, either get soirse Ronan or an unknown who’s the same age as Katniss.

  13. *too

  14. I really don’t want her for the role. In my opinion Jodelle Ferland or Dakota Fanning should be Katniss. They can clearly act and they are the perfect age. I don’t want this girl. Besides they are several layers of Kantiss. She’s not just the girl who hunts in the woods. She is a love stuck girl to the capitol and the mockingjay to the whole country. They need an actress who can be all of those things and I think Jodelle or Dakota could do it.

    • NOOO Dakota fanning is to ugle to bee katniss!

    • I could say a lot of things about the horrible choice of Dakota Fanning for this role (even though I adore her otherwise). However, all I will ask is this: Have you really read the books? Did you skip over the descriptions of Katniss?

    • i’m struggling to think of anytime jodelle ferland has proved herself as a good actress. and dakota? DAKOTA? don’t even get me started. and about the katniss having layers thing yes that is something to take into consideration but i have to say that if any actress can pull off a character like katniss it would have to be hailee stienfeld. she is AMAZING in true grit. she has plenty of acting talent to portray the role to a much higher standard then either dakota or jodelle.

  15. I honestly think she would be perfect.

  16. I love Hunger Games, but they need to cast an unknown. None of the girls ive seen so far impress me.
    Just because someones famous, doesnt mean theyll actually be good for a part.
    I’m sure if they hold auditions theyll find the perfect characters, both male and females.

  17. I do not think that Katniss should be played by such a young person..she may be 16 but she by no means a child..the role is pretty mature. I think Katniss should be Camilla Belle. That is who I immediately thought of.
    My other opinions–
    Gale-Alex Meraz
    Peeta-Liam Hemsworth

  18. I really want the part and I’ve been trying to get an audition. Please check out my website and tell me what you think. Thanks!


  19. Hailee showed a lot of maturity in True Grit, in her first film, it’s impossible not to consider her for the role, despite some similarities between Katniss and Mattie. I can also see Stephen Lang doing some good work with Haymitch; although some people may see him as President Snow (most likely due to his association with Avatar), he has a lot of good range at playing a tragic hero (see his performance in Gods and Generals).

  20. They have to go older than 16 yr old. I can’t see Hailee being engaged let alone preggers. Katness had a hard life prior to the games. She wouldn’t look like the typical american girl. Hailee is just too soft. I have no idea who can play Katness in all fairness to the character.

  21. NONONONONO!!!!!! first of all, hailee is not katniss AT ALL.. Kaya Scodelario is PERFECT.. Shes 17 too! Hailee’s like what 13/14? Come on people! No way in hell could haliee pull of katniss I don’t care how bad she wants it.. I refuse to see this movie if she plays katniss. 97% of my school has also sighned a pettion for kaya to Play katniss.. Sorry but she’s the best fit

    • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to Kaya Scodelario!!!

  22. Kaya Scodelario is white as a sheet with a questionable acting skills. If you want her then don’t expect so highly of this movie.

    • They NEED to cast an unknown, period!
      If they were to cast a specific celebrity, they would of chosen them already. So now they’re working on auditions.

  23. So far she’s the best candidate I’ve seen. And her acting is great.
    She doesn’t quite have that Katniss look that I imagined, but I’m pretty sure if in character she could pull it off. As for her age, I don’t mind. She’s one of those people that has the ability to look a bit older than she really is and young when she needs to be.

    I wouldn’t mind her as Katniss at all.

  24. noway. if they are going to cast a celebrity as Katniss, it should be Kaya Scodelario, but its better if she was unknown. And as for Peeta, i think it should be Hunter Parrish :)

  25. I think she looks alright, i havnt seen her acting but she looks the part, skin colour isnt exactly hard to change, apart from that i think she looks fine

  26. i am addicted to the hunger games! <3 i stayed up all night to read it a second time lol i dunno it is just that good. i am so excited to see the movie when it comes out!! http://on.fb.me/gXrImz

  27. Um. . . . .This is OLD news :O Jennifer Lawrence got the part :) It was kinda obvious they wanted someone OLDER for the part so I have no idea why this is still up since the movie is almost done filming :) Plus its obvious she didn’t get the part or will get it since they went with someone else for it so I really wish people would stop boo-woohing about it :0 Its getting really old. . . . . .