According to TheWrap.com, Jennifer Lawrence, Academy Award nominee for her role in Winter's Bone, has officially landed the role of Katniss Everdeen for the upcoming Hunger Games movie.
I'll admit, when she first popped her blond little head into this casting confusion, I was disappointed. I knew she was an Academy Award nominee, so obviously she can act. But my heart was so set on Hailee Steinfeld that I refused to acknowledge any other actress. And yes, I do think Hailee is the better choice. She's younger (let's be honest - Jennifer does not pass for sixteen) and she's got the acting chops like Lawrence, and she wouldn't have to undergo too much of a Katniss makeover.
That's to say if they plan on Katniss-fying Lawrence. For the Percy Jackson movie, they left Alexandra Daddario a brunette when Annabeth is blond. And of course, let's not forget the diastrous "periwinkle vs. pink" dress dilemma from Harry Potter. People flip out about stuff like that. To them, these tiny things matter. And if they plan on keeping Jennifer blue-eyed, blonde and pale skinned, they might as well paint the picket signs for the eventual riot themselves.
But as much as I'd prefer Steinfeld, I won't judge Jennifer Lawrence before I see the movie. I was absolutely aghast when Robert Pattinson had been cast as Edward, but look at me now! I'm a Robert Pattinson fangirl to the core.
The sunny side in all of this is that now that they've cast an older actress, Hunter Parrish (my favorite) has a better possibility of being cast as Peeta. And if they give Hunter the role, I will rejoice and sing and be merry. But if they cast Alex Pettyfer, I will have to go around punching some Lionsgate faces in. WHO IS WITH ME?
What do you think? Do you have faith that Lawrence will appropriately portray our beloved Katniss? Or do you think Lionsgate has made a horrible decision? Comment and share your opinion!