Confirmed: Jennifer Lawrence Will Play Hunger Games for Lionsgate

Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ futuristic novel The Hunger Games has its leading lady locked down. Now the real fun can begin, right? Hello? Anyone?

According to MTV after weeks and months of feverish speculation over which young actress would land the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen, Lionsgate Entertainment has confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) has officially signed on for the lead role in The Hunger Games.

Set in post-apocalyptic America, the movie will introduce heroine Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), a self-sufficient 16-year-old who lives in District 12, one of the poorer districts in the nation of Panem, what used to be known as North America before its utter destruction several years earlier. Katniss becomes a participant in the Hunger Games, an annual televised tournament where one boy and one girl from each of the nation’s twelve districts must fight to the death until only one competitor, or “tribute,” is left standing.

Look for the Gary Ross directed flick in theatres on March 23, 2012.

Confirmed: Jennifer Lawrence Will Play Hunger Games for Lionsgate

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