Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First Photo Released of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

by Sara N.

Book-to-screen adaptations are tricky things, and my most recent obsession (now that Game of Thrones is unspooling and exceeding all of my expectations) is the upcoming Hunger Games movie. Like most fans, my biggest question was who would be Katniss. She's one of the most compelling characters I've met in ages, and bringing her to life on screen will be a challenge -- particularly with a legion of protective fans wringing their hands at every turn.

Therefore, I was gratified to see a photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen on the cover of next week's Entertainment Weekly. Check it out:

Braid? Check. Bow and arrow? Check. Olive skin? Mostly check. Angry defiance of the Capital? It's tough to say, but this looks like a good start.

So what do you think? Will Jennifer make a passable Katniss? Or were the pictures in your head a little different?
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  1. I am...surprisingly pleased with how she looks. I think she's going to make a great Katniss. I remain unconvinced about Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, though.

    The girl playing Ru is so stinkin' adorable, I already feel like crying.

  2. And how do you feel about Elizabeth Banks? Better than la Chenoweth would've been? :)

  3. I thought she would have looked a little scrappier but hey, Hollywood doesn't do ugly very well. Otherwise, spot on!

  4. Wait until she's covered in blood, mud and tracker jacker stings. I bet she'll look hella scrappy then.

  5. NIKOL- I'm with you. I saw this fan-made trailer just days before I read the book and, for me, she was Katniss. Dark haired Lawrence surprisingly embodies the qualities I had pictured Everdeen with.

    Sara- I'm sure Elizabeth Banks will do a great job but Kristin Chenoweth would have been ahhhh-mahzing. She would have gotten the perfect mix of flighty thoughtlessness with hints of depth and just a touch of bitch down pat.

    Little Sara N- I have the feeling that, after "Winter's Bone," Lawrence can definitely pull off scrappy.