It’s finally been decided. Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming The Hunger Games movie.
The 20-year-old actress only came to our attention a year ago when she landed a role in “Winter’s Bone”.
Lawrence was named as the frontrunner earlier in the week and apparently got the offer on Tuesday. According to The Wrap, the deal closed on Wednesday.
The studio plans the franchise as a trilogy which will include “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay,” based on the best-selling young adult books by Suzanne Collins.
Lawrence will play the role of Katniss, a girl who joins a survival contest in order to save her community. The story takes place in the future, where teenagers are chosen by lottery to compete to the death in gladiator-like spectacles, the Hunger Games.
Lawrence, who was nominated for best actress for the 2010 “Winter’s Bone,” was one of about 10 actresses seeking the role. They reportedly included two other Oscar nominees: “True Grit’s” Hailee Steinfeld and “Little Miss Sunshine’s” Abigail Breslin.
Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Roberts, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley also were reported to be under consideration.
So what do you think? Are you happy to finally have a Katniss – and who do you hope will be Peeta?