Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for a Best Actress Oscar earlier this year for her performance as a young woman in search of her missing father in Debra Granik’s well-received drama Winter’s Bone, made headlines a while back after it was announced that Lawrence would play the female lead in Gary Ross’ film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopic bestseller The Hunger Games. (Image: Jennifer Lawrence as The Hunger Games’ heroine Katniss Everdeen on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.)
The Entertainment Weekly cover above is the first look at Lawrence as the Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, one of the futuristic gladiators who must fight to the death — and who ends up surviving one too many fights, much to the consternation and concern of that era’s powers-that-be.
The Hunger Games cast
Jennifer Lawrence’s co-stars are Liam Hemsworth (brother of Thor’s Chris Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus’ leading man in the romantic melodrama The Last Song), Josh Hutcherson (lesbian couple Annette Bening and Julianne Moore’s hard-to-handle son in The Kids Are All Right), Elizabeth Banks (Man on a Ledge), Willow Shields, two-time Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Messenger), Wes Bentley (American Beauty), and Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).
The Hunger Games will be released by Lionsgate. The film is scheduled to come out in early 2012.
Jennifer Lawrence’s latest and upcoming movies
Also this year, Jennifer Lawrence had one of the lead roles in Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, which stars Mel Gibson. The Beaver opened weakly at the North American box office, but was enthusiastically received at its official Cannes screening. (Of course, audiences at such screenings tend to be quite receptive.)
Jennifer Lawrence will next be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, in which she plays Raven / Mystique. Her co-stars in the X-Men franchise reboot are Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt, Jason Flemyng, Zoë Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, James Remar, and Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s Edi Gathegi.