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March 18, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen?

In case you haven't heard, the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movie has gone to Jennifer Lawrence. I'm trying to respect the director's decision, but I just don't see it. Here's why.

She was just nominated for an Oscar for Winter's Bone, so I don't doubt she can take on the role. My problem is with the way she looks. You're telling me this curvaceous blonde bombshell is supposed to play a 16-year-old? She's only 20, but she looks 25. Besides, Katniss is described as having long, black hair and olive skin. She can dye her hair. She is small in stature and light for her age, being one of the smallest tributes in her games, but due to her outdoor life, she is strong for her size. This is where they lose me. This chick doesn't look small. Tough? Yes. Small? No. And again, she looks 25.

A fellow blogger and many fans on Twitter think she's perfect for the role after seeing her in Winter's Bone. I've already decided I'm going to watch it this weekend and report back. Will I eat my words after? We shall see.





So, Hunger Games fans, what do you think?

25 comments

Hannah @ The New Black said...

Eh, I'm not sure I buy her as Katniss. I'd love to see what she looks like once she's all made up for the role...maybe then I'd be more on board??

tara said...

No. No. NO! Ugh. Hate it.

Christine said...

You know I am not a fan! I guess seeing Winter's Bone would be a good idea before I judge, but... we shall see.

Brianne said...

What?! Noooooo! I so don't see it. At all. In the slightest. I hate when they do this to awesome books. Okay I may have to check out Winter's Bone too...

Allena said...

I guess it's time for me to read The Hunger Games. I thought she looked age appropriate in Winter's Bone, so I think they can somewhat match that description you gave. Now, of course, when I read the books, I'll be picturing her though!

Natalie said...

Um...no. Not what I pictured at all. At.All. Hopefully she can pull it off...otherwise...it will be a sad, sad, day when that movie comes out.

fojoy said...

I agree with you completely! I don't care that she's blonde...she is a WOMAN. With boobs.
I am also going to watch Winter's Bone this weekend, hopefully that will help convince me, but I doubt it...
This also has me worried over who will they will cast for Peeta...any of the guys you posted last week (and many of the names being tossed around) are suddenly now way too young for the role!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Not what I was imagining in my mind, like at all.

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Shelley said...

I haven't seen Winters Bone either so I can't say for sure that I would hate it but you're right, from what she looks like...totally not what I expected.

Ashley said...

Oh hell no. I picture Katniss as a plain looking girl on the anorexic side.

karen said...

I don't buy it either. Katniss is supposed to be a small 16 yo, not a tall grown up blonde chick. I'm not digging this choice at all.

karen said...

I don't buy it either. Katniss is supposed to be a small 16 yo, not a tall grown up blonde chick. I'm not digging this choice at all.

Jewels said...

Definately not who I saw for the role but I'm more than glad it's not Dakota Fannings, Emma Roberts or Kristen Stewart. Glad it's someoby newer to films so they can really carry these movies without prior epic roles on their resume. I haven't seen Winter's Bone-I'm sure she was great...but she's not a household name is what I'm getting at!
Does she look like the Katniss I saw in my head reading these books? Nope...but hopefully she can carry the role or I'll be REALLY pissed.

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Lisa - Fine Sweet Life said...

I don't know if you read my post on the characters for this, but she was no where near my list. I'm confused by the pick.

MiMi said...

I'm with Tara. That is really really weird. I don't like it.
I'm still gonna be all twilight addict and camp to watch it though.

MiMi said...

In fact, I'm back after thinking it over and I still wish hailee stanfeild was it. :)

Olivia Carter said...

You know, there have been a couple casts in movies that I wasn't a fan of but then ended up liking. So, I'm cautiously optimistic.

And after seeing a couple stills from "Winter's Bone" I could see dirtying her up a little, they'll dye her hair, she might have the grit for the part which would be hard for a younger actress to play, but you're right she looks older than 20 but that may be those "done up for the red carpet" shots.

Keeping my fingers crossed!

Karen Peterson said...

Does it help at all that Suzanne Collins wanted her too?

Cathy said...

No! Not liking it.

I guess I need to watch Winters Bone. But I don't know. Sure she can dye her hair, but what about the olive skin and grey eyes? And she's supposed to be starving. and 16! NO.

Krista said...

Did not read the book, but I did see Winters Bone and she was an emotionless slug, but I think that's what the movie called for and she was nominated for an Oscar so what the hell do I know?

Sarahviz said...

Oddly, the entire time I was reading The Hunger Games trilogy, I kept picturing the Twilight actors as the characters. Kristen Stewart as Katniss, Patinson as Peeta and that wolf boy dude as Katniss's best friend. (Related: I suck at names.)

myra said...

I'm not feeling it either! She's supposed to be tiny and super-fierce and I don't see it :( They better do a damn good job at making her look starved & tiny when movie time rolls around.

They need to hurry up and pick PEETA!

Me (aka Danielle) said...

I think I agree with the majority, this doesn't seem like a good fit. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.