Jennifer Lawrence has been weighing her options since she garnered an Oscar nomination for Winter's Bone
. (TOH's flip cam interview is here
.) Producers Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik and director Gary Ross, the filmmakers behind Lionsgate's promising book-to-film franchise, The Hunger Games
(March 2012), have opted to go older for the key role of tough Katniss Everdeen, who fights for survival in a dystopian future, casting Lawrence over younger actresses Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld, reports Variety
. Billy Ray adapted the Suzanne Collins novel.
Lawrence, who plans to star in Oliver Stone's Savages, is still in talks and has not yet signed. Now the production can chase a 20-something actor --Alex Pettyfer is the only name to surface so far-- for the lead male role, Peeta Mellark.