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.