Casting News: ‘The Hunger Games’
Several of us here at Frothygirlz are big fans of The Hunger Games book trilogy, and we have been eagerly anticipating the movie adaptation of the first book. There have been rumors for months over who will be cast as heroine Katniss Everdeen. Almost every young starlet’s name has been tossed around as a possibility, but it has all been conjecture.
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive from Lionsgate Films that no one has been cast yet. However, they did drop a few names for us to ponder. Here are some of the actresses who have read for the role, and what I think about them. Feel free to weigh in with your two cents.
- Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) Although I adore Lawrence, she is all wrong for this role. She is too old (Katniss is 16) and too conventional looking. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) This is my current front-runner. I think she is perfect. She is petite, spunky, dark-haired, and age appropriate.
- Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) No, No, No. Breslin is a fine actress, but I can’t buy her as a badass.
- Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass) I like Chloe’s chances, and if they dyed her hair, I think she could be convincing as the physical manifestation of our beloved Katniss. She was spectacular with all the stunts and choreography in Kick Ass, so I have no doubt she could handle the role. I would not be disappointed in this choice.
- Lyndsy Fonseca (Nikita) I haven’t seen her in Nikita, but I just find her a bit too girly for the role. Also, though she looks young, at 24 I think she is too old for the role.
- Emma Roberts (Aquamarine) I’m not too familiar with most of her stuff, because she stars in a lot of teenage fare. Anyone have thoughts on her? She seems to be the right age and build.
- Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) She’s a good actress, but I don’t know if she can carry a franchise. Plus, her look is all wrong-pale eyes, pale skin, etc. She does look pretty fierce in the trailer for Hanna, though.
- Kaya Scodelario (Skins UK) The right age, dark hair, but I have never seen her act. Any thoughts?
- Emily Browning (The Uninvited, Sucker Punch) I absolutely love this girl’s look. She is also the principal star in the upcoming Sucker Punch, which is an action film featuring a lot of hot chicks. Can’t wait to see what she can do.
- Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of an American Teenager) She is unproven in the action department, whereas most of these women have already demonstrated their action chops.
So, those of you who have read the books, what do you think? Do any of these actresses appeal to you? Is it disappointing that they seem to be bent on white-washing Katniss’s ethnicity?