I used to think casting Jennifer Lawrence, who just naturally has this super serious, “I’m 20 but I look and feel like 40″ expression was a bad idea. After all, the character she’s playing is supposed to be a teenager. But the more I see of Lawrence in the role, and think about the character, the more it makes sense. Katniss Everdeen is a kid, but she’s a kid who has grown up in a bad, bad time in the world, and Lawrence’s oft-somber appearance reflects that perfectly. I guess Gary Ross knew what he was doing when he cast her after all.
Four new pics from the upcoming Ross movie to take in this fine Monday morning.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Amandla Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson, Paula Malcomson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, and fightin’ for survival March 23rd, 2012.