It is one of most sought after roles for a young actress. The role of Katniss in the movie based on Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. Like the Twilight and Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games series was written for the young adult market. The Hunger Games is part of a 3 book series, including: Catching Fire and Mockingjay, which follow Katniss Everdeen through her battles in the games and other adventures.
Set in a postapocalyptic world, in The Hunger Games takes place in District 12, a part of the United States that is now known as Appalachia. Ruled by a central totalitarian government, known as The Capital, each year the residents of each district must send two teenage tributes to participate in a violent battle to the death – The Hunger Games.
The main character is young Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her younger sister and her mother in poverty, after the death of her father in a coal mining accident. Using the skills she learned by illegally hunting game in the woods near her home, Katniss enters the brutal game of survival with Peeta, her male counterpart in the games. The Hunger Games are televised for the entire nation’s viewing pleasure, making it the ultimate reality show.
The Hunger Games series is extremely popular with young (and older) girls. I really liked Katniss for her strong independent nature and her loyalty to family and friends. I also liked the way author, Suzanne Collins handled teenage romance (romance, not sex). No spoilers here…you will have to read it to see what I mean.
The Actresses in The Running for Katniss
Much like the search for Lizbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the casting of Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games is one of the most sought after parts in Hollywood. The character of Katniss is a 16 year old, rather plain girl with long dark hair and olive skin. A tomboy, who is most comfortable with her bow and arrow, hunting game and wandering in the woods. This is no role for a Hollywood glamour girl.
Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page and my personal favorite, Hailee Steinfeld have been mentioned to play the lead role in The Hunger Games movie.
Hollywood movie makers are always quick to grab up a popular book, especially when it has a huge built-in audience. But they often are less concerned with staying true to the story or the casting of characters who fit the descriptions.
Rooney Mara (The Social Network) beat out a long list of actresses to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She looks completely different from the description of Lizbeth in the books. Lisbeth is often described as boyish, tiny and is called ‘ugly‘ several times. Look at the glamorous Lisbeth (Rooney) and Lisbeth from the Swedish movie (Noomi) Which makes me wonder why Fincher didn’t use Noomi Rapace, who played the character in all three of the Swedish movies and speaks fluent English.
Have you read The Hunger Games? Who do you think should play Katniss?