Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen: First look at 'The Hunger Games' heroine
Jennifer Lawrence made headlines a while back after it was announced that the Winter's Bone actress had been cast as the female lead – the fighter Katniss Everdeen – in Gary Ross' film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian bestseller The Hunger Games.
The spring 2011 Entertainment Weekly cover above is the first look at Lawrence as Katniss, one of a number of youthful gladiators who must fight to the death in Collins' bleak futuristic world.
Katniss, however, ends up surviving one too many fights, much to the consternation – and concern – of that era's powers-that-be.
Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance as a young woman in search of her missing father in Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama Winter's Bone. (Another young actress, Natalie Portman, took home the 2011 Oscar for her work in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.)
'The Hunger Games' cast
Besides Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games toplines:
- Liam Hemsworth – brother of Thor actor 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.
In addition to:
Elizabeth Banks (Man on a Ledge).
Wes Bentley (American Beauty).
Veteran Donald Sutherland (MASH, Ordinary People).
Two-time Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1996; The Messenger, 2009).
Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, 2009).
To be released by Lionsgate, The Hunger Games 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, starring Mel Gibson. The Beaver opened weakly at the North American box office, but was enthusiastically received at its official Cannes screening. (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.
Lawrence's co-stars in the X-Men franchise reboot are:
Jason Flemyng. Zoë Kravitz. Caleb Landry Jones. Lucas Till. James Remar. Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon actor Edi Gathegi.
'Snow White and the Huntsman' gets new release date
Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman will be released by Universal on June 1, '12. The Rupert Sanders-directed fantasy adventure had been originally scheduled to open on Dec. 21, '11.
Written by Evan Daugherty, Snow White and the Huntsman follows Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) as they flee from bounty hunters.
Best Actress Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003) will play the Evil Queen while Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides actor Sam Claflin has been cast as Snow White's Prince Charming.
Snow White vs. Snow White
The reason Universal moved up their film's release date is clear: Snow White and the Huntsman will now open about a month before its competitor, Relativity Media's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, a 3D version of the poisoned-apple tale to be directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring:
- Priest actress Lily Collins as Snow White.
- The Social Network actor Armie Hammer (also soon to be seen in The Lone Ranger) as the Prince.
- Best Actress Academy Award winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich, 2000) as the Evil Queen. (Is the possession of an Oscar a requirement for the casting of the Evil Queen?)
For the time being, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, which reportedly starts shooting in August, is scheduled to open June 29, '12. Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller have written the adaptation.
Oscar Wilde vs. Oscar Wilde
In the past, there have been other back-to-back projects about the same topic. In 1960, for instance, there were two different Oscar Wilde biopics:
- Gregory Ratoff's Oscar Wilde, starring Robert Morley in the title role, and featuring Phyllis Calvert, John Neville, and Ralph Richardson.
- Ken Hughes' The Trials of Oscar Wilde, starring Peter Finch as the tried title character, in addition to James Mason, John Fraser, and Yvonne Mitchell.
In 1988, Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons, based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' novel and starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer, opened to wide acclaim and went on to receive seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
Now, it remains to be seen whether The Brothers Grimm: Snow White will have its release date moved up as well.
Update: The Brothers Grimm: Snow White was later renamed Mirror Mirror.
Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games cover via EW.com.