Monday, March 21, 2011

Suzanne Collins Comments on Casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

We recently reported on the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, the first in a trilogy of young adult thrillers.

Today, the author issued a statement to about the casting, saying, in part, "In her remarkable audition piece, I watched Jennifer embody every essential quality necessary to play Katniss. ... So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I never thought we’d find somebody this amazing for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it."

The lead male role has yet to be cast.

Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) will direct a screenplay adapted by Collins and Billy Ray (Hart's War, State of Play). The film's target release date is March 23rd, 2012.



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