It’s official. Katniss Everdeen, a 21st century literary figure almost on par with Harry Potter or Edward Cullen, will be played by a 20-year-old Oscar nominee. Jennifer Lawrence, who rose to fame very quickly after a stunning, Oscar-nominated performance in the Sundance 2010 award-winner Winter’s Bone, has been cast as the lead character in The Hunger Games, director Gary Ross‘s adaptation of the popular young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins. Lawrence had long been rumored to be the front runner for the role and her accepting it was all but certain as of this past weekend. According to The Wrap, who broke the news, the papers were signed and sealed on Wednesday. Details were not revealed, but it’s believed she’s signed on for a trilogy of films.

So what does this mean for the franchise about an all powerful government who flexes its muscles by forcing children to kill each other for sport live on television? We speculate and more after the jump. Read More »

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As director Gary Ross begins preparations to adapt one of the most popular books of the past few years, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the most important decision he must make is casting his lead character: Katniss Everdeen. A self-sufficient, 16-year-old bad-ass female hero, Katniss is one of two kids selected from her district to compete in the annual titular fight to the death; a government organized, televised event in which only one child will survive and bring glory to their people.

It’s a decision almost on par with Chris Columbus choosing Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter or Catherine Hardwicke casting Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. The role of Katniss Everdeen has the potential to be that iconic.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ross confirmed that he has not yet spoken to any actress about playing the role but will start to do so soon. And when he does, he has some strong thoughts on the subject. The Hunger Games is scheduled to being shooting in late Spring 2011. Read Ross’s quotes on casting Katniss, see two actresses who have already began petitioning for the role and more after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: ‘Hunger Games’ Fan-Made Short Film

Someone is gunning for your job, Gary Ross. Or, at least trying to do your job for you. A group of talented filmmakers from the Utah based production company MainStay Productions shot at 10 minute short dramatizing a moment from The Hunger Games, a book by Suzanne Collins which is currently being adapted into a major motion picture from Lionsgate with Gary Ross attached to direct. The book is about a government organized, televised, battle to the death in which one boy and girl from each district are required to participate and kill each other.

Directed by John Lyde, the purpose of this short was to serve as an audition for “several actors I know [that] are talented enough to be involved with the feature film,” according to YouTube. The clip in question focuses on the main character Katniss, played by Danielle Chuchran, and her friend Rue, played by Savanna Kylie Lewis. It got the attention of The Hollywood Reporter, it has our attention and it might just grab yours too if you check it out after the break. Read More »

Gary Ross Will Direct ‘The Hunger Games’

The series many feel could take over the movie and publishing business in the way Twilight did just a few years back finally has a captain at the helm. Gary Ross, who directed Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, will in fact be directing the film version of The Hunger Games based on the best selling book by Suzanne Collins for Lionsgate. Ross was “in talks” a few months back, and while the ink has yet to officially dry, the director showed up at the American Film Market this week to build buzz for the project. Not that it needs it. The best selling trilogy of novels, which are about a futuristic society where kids must kill each other on TV (sort of a romance infused Running Man/Battle Royale hybrid for teens) have been gaining exponential popularity in the last few months. We’ve got more after the jump. Read More »

Gary Ross in Talks to Direct ‘The Hunger Games’

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Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) is looking like the man who’ll get the job directing The Hunger Games, a film based on the first of three novels by Suzanne Collins. The story is a sort of Running Man +/- Battle Royale, and has been the impetus for a rat race between directors as diverse as Ross, Sam Mendes, Francis Lawrence, David Slade, Andrew Adamson, Rupert Sanders, and Susanna White. But as things stand, Ross is the man. Read More »

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