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EW Debut First Look At Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss Everdeen In 'The Hunger Games'

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 18, 2011 7:31 AM
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Our prayers have been answered, and the daily casting updates for "The Hunger Games," for the most part announcing nobodies who'll barely be in the film, seem to have dried up, with the film's 'tributes' -- those competing in the dystopian blood sports of the title -- now fully cast. Does that mean that things will be quiet until the film debuts its first trailer? Don't be stupid.

Lionsgate has its heart set on the film, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, being the next big franchise, so the publicity machine continues to grind its gears. Entertainment Weekly's latest issue features on its cover the first look at Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence in character as the film's main part, Katniss Everdeen. Of course, the film hasn't technically started filming yet, but that's never stopped anyone before.

The magazine also got to talk with Lawrence and have given a glimpse of the interview on their website, in which Lawrence continues to be her outspoken, badass self, and gives an insight into landing one of the most sought-after roles in recent memory. The actress describes meeting director Gary Ross for the first time, right in the midst of awards season madness: "He was asking me what the experience was like, and I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’ And we both started laughing because that’s exactly what it’s like for Katniss in the Capitol. She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’”

More importantly, Lawrence seems to have won the approval of the character's creator, Suzanne Collins -- the actress relates that the author called her to tell her: “I feel like when you said yes, the world got lifted off my shoulders.” And yet, Lawrence seems to think that the part is pretty much the role of a lifetime, which gives us some hope: "I love this story, and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.”

EW hits stands on Friday with more pictures of Lawrence, and we'll update when they become available. Lawrence is joined in the film by Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and Paula Malcomson, with one major role -- the villainous President Snow, yet to be cast. Lionsgate will release the finished film on March 23rd, 2012.

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7 Comments

  • TheoC | May 19, 2011 3:21 AMReply

    She looks great, she's perfect for Katniss. I'm going to be pointlessly supportive of this until I see the trailer.

  • THG fans | May 18, 2011 12:42 PMReply

    This is not just P.R. by Lionsgate. Fans have been hammering them for the first picture of Jen. Lawrence as Katnisss. They were worried that she was too blonde, too White, too old, does not have that starving look. This issue of EW will fly off the shelves. This is what the fans wanted.

  • Lincoln | May 18, 2011 9:01 AMReply

    It's not at all unreasonable for Lionsgate to think they have a hit on their hands, quality or no. I work at a bookstore and the books are immensely popular, and deserving of that popularity, being well-written engrossing reads. While there may be Twilight-esque hype, it doesn't necessarily mean we're looking at Twilight-quality.

  • Evelyn | May 18, 2011 9:01 AMReply

    I hope she will play an action heroine one day or at least have one little fight in a movie. Just let her kick a guy in the groin or something.

  • LK | May 18, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    JL is fug, even with all the airbrushing and fake tan.

  • chaz bono | May 18, 2011 8:14 AMReply

    Has any actor, ever given an on-set interview for a high profile film saying "now that I see how things are going, I really regret this and think it is going to turn out to be terrible?"

    Just sayin'...i mean, the girls of "Sucker Punch" said the exact same type of stuff during their on-set interviews.

    Also, I'm so sorry that poor Jennifer was forced at gunpoint to dress up and attend the Oscars. If she's trying to show that she is just a puppet for her agency and does whatever they instruct regardless of how she feels, then point taken

  • KT | May 18, 2011 7:52 AMReply

    I hardly ever flip over these Tinsel town chicks... but I want this one.

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