New broke last night that one of the most sought after roles in young Hollywood has been filled, and starlets everywhere cried unless her name was Jennifer Lawrence. And yes, I am talking about something other than dramas and Asian entertainment, you didn’t go to the wrong playground.
The most addicting novel I have read in the last year is the most anticipated movie adaptation in Hollywood, which I am of course talking about Suzanne Collins breakout novel The Hunger Games.
This is no Twilight and its ilk, for a teen novel it’s surprisingly well-written with thoughtful and subversive concepts and themes I haven’t seen in teen lit since I read His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (though Collins is nowhere near the masterful writer Pullman is).
I am so very pleased that Hollywood did not ruin the casting of heroine Katniss Everdeen by choosing a wide-eyed bimbo, but instead went with a truly talented and age-appropriate young actress. I know everyone has been calling for Hailee Steinfeld, but I really much prefer Jennifer Lawrence, who I think is a great choice who can channel not just Katniss’ steely grit, but also her burgeoning and confusing affection and attraction to the two men in her life, Peeta and Gale. This has really been Jennifer’s year, having just come off an Oscar Best Actress nomination for her performance in Winter’s Bone, and now landing the most coveted role amongst actresses her age.
The Hunger Games tells the story of a young sixteen year old girl living in a post-apocalyptic United States which has turned into an authoritarian society where control is wielded by melding entertainment with savagery. A televised game is devised that is a combination of Survivor and Battle Royale, where the children chosen to participate must battle each other to the death while the entire country watches, and the winner is the person who is left standing.
I LOVE The Hunger Games and its second novel Catching Fire (and I loathe the third novel Mockingjay so much I pretend it doesn’t exist). I’m so looking forward to this movie it’s not even funny. With director Gary Ross at the helm, the only way they can muck this up is to flail on casting the two male leads, who need to have sizzling chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence to make this movie come alive. And for those of you who have read the novel(s) – I am 100% a Katniss-Gale shipper. The movie is scheduled to be released in March of 2012.