While out on the red carpet Best Supporting Actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld took a minute to talk to MTV cameras and confirm the rumor that she is in talks to play the lead in the upcoming adaptation of the Suzanne Collins penned young adult novel The Hunger Games. Steinfeld said that she has met with the film’s director Gary Ross and that, “It’s definitely something that we’re taking one day at a time and making sure that everything is in place.”
Other names that have been linked to the role are Kaya Scodelario, Chloe Moretz, Malese Jow, and Lyndsy Fonseca. Production is slated to start in a few months, so it shouldn’t be much of a wait to see if Steinfeld’s Oscar exposure has given her the leg up on the competition.
When needing information on young adult literature I always go to the same source: my bartender. Predictably, she had read the “Hunger Games Trilogy”, and gave me a brief description. It tells the story of a post-apocalyptic North America, now called Panem, being under the control of some sort of evil regime. Once a year the powers that be have a boy and a girl from each district fight to the death in a televised tournament. Steinfeld would be playing Katniss Everdeen, a selfless and resourceful sixteen year old who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the tournament. Over the course of the book she makes her way through the games, shows some true grit, and manages to spark up a dramatic romance with one of the male contestants. I’m assured that this trilogy is one of the best young adult series out there. So everybody start looking forward to the movie. Steinfeld is back, and she’s grittier than ever!
Source: Hollywood Crush