I have to hand it to the marketing team behind the upcoming Hunger Games adaptation. They don’t seem like they’re going to rest until every man woman and child on the planet knows what their movie is. What to do once all the casting minutiae of every tiny role your film has to offer has already been reported in the trades? How about get your leading lady a cover story in Entertainment Weekly? Sounds like a plan to me. And because of their due diligence, we all now get our first look at Jennifer Lawrence dressed up as Katniss Everdeen. First reaction… yep, looks about right to me. She’s got dark hair pulled back into a braid. She’s got her bow and arrows. The Mockingjay pin is securely fastened to her collar. I’ll be interested to see if the Internet can find anything to complain about when it comes to this picture. Maybe they should have smeared a little dirt on her face or something?
The author of the original novels Suzanne Collins, at the very least, seems to think that Lawrence was the perfect choice for the role. When talking to the young actress she said, “I feel like when you said yes the world got lifted off my shoulders.” That’s some pretty dramatic praise. I guess the other girls going after the role weren’t looking so good. But why would there have been any question as to whether Lawrence would take this career-making job? She explains, “I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change. And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do Indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’” Apparently Lawrence sees this as the role that is going to make her famous. Did she forget about the fact that she’s about to play Mystique in a huge X-Men movie, or is she just trying to forget it because it ain’t looking so good? More likely she’s just excited about everything that’s happening to her and a little overwhelmed. Despite some initial misgivings, there doesn’t seem like there was ever any chance that she was going to turn this down. “I love this story,” she says, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.” I like the story too, and seeing as the entire time I was reading it I was picturing Lawrence’s character from Winter’s Bone as Katniss, I really love this casting.