When Jennifer Lawrence was first announced as the female lead in the upcoming movie adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, there was a great outpouring of dissent from the book blogging community and from other fans of the series. How can a blonde, pale-complexioned actress play the role of a brunette teen who was described as having an olive complexion and grey eyes? However, the tide of dissent is definitely turning now that Entertainment Weekly has offered fans around the world and in Toronto get an early look at how Lawrence will be transformed into Katniss Everdeen in their upcoming cover image.
Within a half hour of Entertainment Weekly’s news story being published, “Katniss” was trending worldwide on Twitter as fans shared the cover photo with their followers. As seen in the accompanying image to this post, Lawrence has a dark brown braid, darkened complexion, a bow and arrow, and of course, the requisite mockingjay pin attached to her arena costume.
And how are the fans responding? When asked if he thought the 20-year-old actress looked the part, Ryan Dalton said, “She looks awesome, and I think she’ll do the character justice.” Similarly, Liz, who runs the Toronto-based YA book blog, Midnight Bloom Reads, said “She looks AWESOME! Totally the part!” These types of positive reactions are by far the majority of the sentiment heard around the Twitterverse.
Of course, there are still a few young adult bloggers who are not completely enthused by the idea. In particular, Jami of the blog YA Addict, said that she thought Lawrence was “Still too polished and pretty to be Katniss, [in my opinion].” She went on to say, “I just expected someone all badass for Katniss.”
Perhaps this negative feedback means that there is more work required to get the movie ready for public consumption. Maybe she needs some more cuts, bruises and a little bit of dirt to pull off the final arena look. Still, if the majority counts for anything, then it will certainly be the voice that The Hunger Games fans and nonfans remember by the end of the day and on May 20, 2011 when the issue of Entertainment Weekly with Jennifer Lawrence on the cover hits the magazine stands. Pick it up to read an exclusive interview with the star and check out some additional pictures that you will not find online.