The Hunger Games hasn't even started shooting yet, but the hype for this adaptation of Suzanne Collins's young-adult novel is so huge that Lionsgate has already released the first image of star Jennifer Lawrence in costume as Katniss Everdeen. The image will grace the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly and has leaked online at fan site The Hob, which confirmed that it's the real deal; check it out below and we'll talk after.


The blonde-haired blue-eyed Lawrence has been transformed to play Katniss, who is described in the books as having olive skin and dark hair; it's unclear if Lawrence is wearing contacts, but her eyes certainly look darker in the photo. She also looks even thinner than her normal Hollywood starlet self, at least in her face-- it's important that Katniss be thin, since the character has grown up poor and fighting for every meal, so this is one instance of a female star slimming down that actually makes a lot of sense. Her costume may be the biggest selling point for fans though-- she's wearing the gold Mockingjay pin that she wears during the Games, and is sporting the bow and arrow that's her best and most deadly weapon. The bow and arrow look really shiny, which suggests it's the set that Katniss picks up during the Games, and not the bow she used to hunt to feed her family while growing up in dirt-poor District 12.

The EW cover promises even more images, so we'll have to scour the Web for those later this week. The magazine is on newsstands this Friday. Based on how good this image looks I'm actually really excited to see what they show us next.

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