Jennifer Lawrence Rumored to Play Katniss Everdeen in ‘Hunger Games’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:18 pm,

Fresh off an Academy Award nomination for her powerful role in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence is gearing up for a major Hollywood career. Not only is the 20-year-old actress appearing as Raven Darkholme/Mystique in the upcoming X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class, but new rumors suggest that Lawrence is also up for the lead role in The Hunger Games.

According to an exclusive report from Lainey Gossip, Lawrence is allegedly the front-runner for the role of Katniss Everdeen. Citing unnamed sources, Lainey Gossip writes that Lawrence has read for the role and that the studio loved her audition.

Previously, we reported that fellow Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) was also up for the part. Steinfeld confirmed her audition for The Hunger Games during the Oscars. Either way it seems like Lionsgate and director Gary Ross are going to get an amazing young actress for this movie.

Winters Bone movie image Jennifer Lawrence Rumored to Play Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence earned an Academy Award nomination for Winter’s Bone

So why would two actresses as talented as Lawrence and Steinfield be competing for a part in The Hunger Games? Because, if pre-production buzz is any indication, it just might be the next big teen franchise in Hollywood – and getting the lead would be huge for either actress.

For those unfamiliar with Suzanne Collins’ original novels, The Hunger Games is a dystopic sci-fi series focused on a competition in which two teens from each of the 12 districts in “Panem” (formerly the United States) fight each other to the death on live television. Think of it as Running Man for teens, only without Arnold Schwarzenegger and an extra dash of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale thrown in for good measure.

With teen-oriented sci-fi/fantasy films like Twilight and the recent I Am Number Four finding success at the box office, it’s easy to see why Lionsgate was interested in Collins’ books. Also, from what I’ve heard from those who’ve read them, The Hunger Games novels are relatively well-written and actually lend themselves nicely toward film adaptations.

If you had your pick of Lawrence of Steinfeld, who would you take? Lawrence is 20-years-old, but she can definitely play much younger. Steinfeld is 14, so she is closer to the actual age of the character (Katniss is 16 in the first novel). Remember, both are Academy Award nominees, so talent shouldn’t be a concern. What do you think?

Source: Lainey Gossip [via /Film]

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  1. You have to be screwing with me. First, of all Lawenence is 20. Second of all, if their going to make it close to the novel, they have to cast Steinfeld.

    • They could easily make her look 16, they do it all the time in movies.

      And why do you think Stienfeld would be better cast if they wanted to make it close to the novel? Because one actress may change the whole story? I don’t get what you’re trying to say there.


  3. She is gorgeous and when X-Men hits we will forget about Rebecca

  4. Can they play sisters in the movie instead? It will be a win-win situation for sure.

    • I’ve read elsewhere that another actress being looked at for the role is Abigail Breslin…whom I do not think is a good fit for Katniss, but I think she could easily play her sister Primm. In fact, Abigail could definitely be mistaken for a 12 year old….and they could easily make Lawrence look 16.

  5. Jennifer is at a perfect age to go either way…she could play more adult roles ( check out how grown up she looked at the Oscars!) or younger as in Winter’s Bone or just few years ago in Poker House. She’s a great actress and could pass for 16. Maybe Hailee would consider playing the younger sister?

  6. Sisters yeah. She’s a bit too old. Steinfeld all the way!

  7. What about Chloe Grace Moretz?

  8. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Panem made up of former North America? I haven’t read the book in about a month, so I might be wrong.

    • BigFoot,

      That is correct.


      • That’s what I thought, the article just confused me a little bit lol. :P

  9. This is a tough one. Lawrence has shown more of a bad ass type character, she can be scary at times, Winter’s bone proves that. Katniss definitely has those qualities, but she also has an almost shyness about her as well, and we haven’t seen Lawrence take on that role yet (I’ve only seen her in Winter’s bone, so that’s what I’m going by).

    Steinfeld on the other hand, she looks innocent, and that fits the “look” of Katniss perfectly. She also showed that she can be a hard ass, and a survivor type role, which fits perfectly into the games.

    I don’t know, I really don’t care either way, I think both would be great. I just hope this doesn’t turn into something like Twilight and be crappy films based on awesome books.

    Also, let me just say, I know it would never happen, but I would LOVE to see this get an R rating, the books can be so violent and brutal, and I just know that certain scenes are going to be removed because they will be too much for a PG-13 rating. SPOILERS!!!! Especially in the 3rd book, when all of the children are killed, they are going to need to show Primm’s death, it’s an important part of the story, but you know they are going to have to change it, because they are never going to allow a scene like that into a PG-13 rated film.

  10. Hair and make up can be changed, but I don’t think emotional intensity can be faked!

  11. I think Lawrence is a perfect choice. She can act, and anyone who sees Winter’s Bone knows she can play young. Thank God its not Kristen Stewart.

  12. Hailee Steinfeld is adorable, but way too young. Katniss is mature for her age and can’t be played by a 14 year old. Jennifer Lawrence is perfect, but she must have dark hair!

    • Hailee Steinfeld played an incredibly mature character in True Grit, she fits the cute role, while also having an attitude at the same time. Hailee could definitely play Katniss.

  13. Jennifer Lawrence could definitely be made to look younger. And she’s such a good actress. I really hope she gets the part. She’s tough and could kick ass like Katniss. Have you seen WINTER’S BONE. She’s so good at it.

  14. She could play another tribute. OR the girl who gives katniss the pin. Steinfield can and has to be katniss! She is a basses chick

  15. I think Hailee is the PERFECT Katniss. She can rough it up just enough to pass as Seam-Katniss (how she looked in True Grit) and can also be gorgeous enough to be the girl on fire that wows everyone in the Capitol. For those who say she’s too young to play older, has anyone SEEN her?! She looks older than 14 by far. Also, they aren’t going to start shooting for awhile, are they? So by the time they do, she’ll probably be almost 16 anyways. Plus, Katniss is supposed to be small and kind of rough-pretty, not the curvy blond bombshell Lawrence is. Lawrence is talented, just DEFINITELY not the right fit for Katniss.

  16. IF you’ve seen Hailee Steinfeld, you can NOT think she’s 14! She’s like what, 5″7′? She could definitely definitely be Katniss. But if she doesn’t get he part, Jennifer would be good too. Though I’ve always rooted for Hailee. Maybe Freddie Boath, Callan McAuliffe, or Miles Heizer for Peeta?

  17. No,no. Saoirse Ronan. The girl from Atonement. She looks right!