Entertainment Weekly scored the first look of Jennifer Lawrence in the film version of ‘The Hunger Games.’ Take a gander at what the Oscar nominated star of ‘Winter’s Bone’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’ looks like as futuristic heroine Katniss Everdeen now. Get the download below:
Anticipation for the film version of The Hunger Games is bulding to a fever pitch now that casting is complete and production is underway in North Carolina. Now, Entertainment Weekly has scored the major scoop of presenting the first pics of star Jennifer Lawrence as iconic heroine Katniss Everdeen. The magazine’s website will debut the photos today in advance of its upcoming cover story on the film.
The Hunger Games fansite, Mockingjay Live Journal, reportedly leaked an early image of the cover which turned out to be correct and is now on the EW site. Expect plenty of Internet jawboning in the days to come.
Written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games was published in 2008, quickly becoming one of the most popular young adult fiction series in print. The trilogy of books are set in a futuristic North America now called Panem, a world that has been reduced by war and other disasters to a dozen districts circling a single Capitol. Abject poverty rules outside the glittering center, with most of its populace living on their wits and the land to survive. Once a year, the Capitol, in a vicious bid to keep the Districts in line, forces each one to select one boy and one girl to participate in The Hunger Games. A horrific, televised fight to the death, it is a bloodsport that makes today’s reality shows seem positively quaint. In the first book, 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen (played by Lawrence, 20, in the film) selflessly takes her sister’s place in the Games to represent her impoverished district, embarking on an extraordinary journey for her survival and freedom.
Internet fascination with the trilogy of books chronicling the dangerous life of Katniss Everdeen has reached a fever pitch, with fans scrutinizing all bits of casting and other production information. With the film versions set in motion by Lionsgate, the studio is seeking to create its own Twilight phenomenon.
“Every decision is being so closely watched,” said producer Nina Jacobson in a recent USA Today interview. “I understand the fierce and intense feeling the fans have for this movie.”
Directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci and Woody Harrelson. The ‘Games’ are set to begin in theaters in March 2012.
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