In the past few weeks few things in the movie world have befuddled me more than the casting for Gary Ross' The Hunger Games. Since the hunt for an actress to play Katniss Everdeen began, many names have been floated, including the likes of True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. One name that has gotten a lot of press, however, has been Jennifer Lawrence, who is coming off an Oscar nominated performance in Winter's Bone. Why is this weird? Lawrence is a 20-year-old blonde Caucasian while Katniss is 16 and is described as having dark hair and an olive complexion. What's only going to make this weirder? Lawrence is apparently the frontrunner.

Variety is reporting that Lionsgate is close to sending Lawrence an offer for the lead role in the Suzanne Collins adaptation. (Deadline is reporting a similar story, though when they reached out to Lawrence's representation and Lionsgate neither would confirm the story). The movie is set in the future where teenagers are selected from one of twelve districts to be put in an arena and fight to the death. Billy Ray (Volcano, Flightplan) wrote the script.

I haven't read the books so I really don't have a dog in this race, but considering how drastically different Lawrence is from the character, even with her considerable talent, I can't imagine that fans would be too pleased - but then again that may just be me talking out of my ass. What do you think? Do you want Katniss to be played by Jennifer Lawrence?

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