It's official: Jennifer Lawrence to play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

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Lionsgate released the official press release naming Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Here’s the last word you’ve all been waiting for:

Lionsgate and the filmmakers of ‘The Hunger Games’ are pleased to announce that Academy Awards nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence will assume the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s ‘The Hunger Games.’

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Author Suzanne Collins weighed in on the selection of Lawrence, ‘Jennifer’s just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I’d never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it.’

‘I’m so excited to work with Jen and see her bring this character to life. Katniss requires a young actress with strength, depth, complexity, tenderness, and power. There are very few people alive who can bring that to a role. Jen brings it in spades. She’s going to be an amazing Katniss,’ says director Gary Ross.

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