Much debate has been heard among die-hard fans of Suzanne Collin’s trilogy, The Hunger Games. The coveted role of Katniss, main protagonist and heroine, went to Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class). Pale and blonde, she didn’t seem to represent the dark-haired, olive-skinned Katniss at first glance. But EW just posted the first look at Lawrence channeling our beloved archer on the cover. And frankly, she looks perfect. Can’t wait to see Josh Hutcherson all blonded-up for the role of Peeta!
Here’s EW’s take on Lawrence as Katniss:
In a free-wheeling interview, Lawrence describes her first encounter with Ross last winter, during the height of Oscar season. “He was asking me what the experience was like,” she recalls, “and I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’ And we both started laughing because that’s exactly what it’s like for Katniss in the Capitol. She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’”
When Lawrence was offered the role, she describes her response as a mixture of elation — and desperate anxiety. “I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change,” she says. “And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’”
The Hunger Games trilogy is a young adult sci-fi story about a future dystopian world where children compete in fights to the death for sport. Katniss and Peeta are both chosen to compete and attempt to survive the games and potential love and competition.
The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23, 2012. Check out ALL our coverage about The Hunger Games here!