By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 17, 2011 at 9:26AM
"The Hunger Games" will be a test of sorts for Jennifer Lawrence. Expectations are running high for the franchise film -- which already has a sequel dated for November 22, 2013 -- and will also be the the first time the young actress is toplining a tentpole. The success of the brewing series will largely depend on if audiences outside the core fanbase will want to go along Katniss' adventures, and that largely rests on Lawrence's shoulders. So as if that pressure wasn't enough, now she's going to show off her singing voice too.
MTV caught up with musician/producer extraordinaire T. Bone Burnett -- who is scoring the film with Danny Elfman -- at the "The Big Lebowski" reunion in New York City last night and he revealed that Lawrence will be singing on the soundtrack. The song in question is "Rue's Lullaby" and it comes at a particularly poignant moment in the story. We won't say any more to prevent spoiling the film, but diehard fans already know what scene (and character) we mean. "And it was beautiful. She did great. She's singing great. Killer actor too," Burnett gushed about Lawrence.
As for what else is in store, we'll just have to wait, but Burnett hints, "It's 300 years in the future, so we can take all sorts of liberties." So some kind of future-punk electro score!? Yeah, probably not, but hopefully they will push the envelope a little in terms of the score and truly embrace the parameters a dystopian future-based film will give them. And while Burnett says of the music "...it'll be coming out soon," we have to remember that "soon" is relative since the Gary Ross-directed movie hits theaters seven months from now on March 23, 2012.