Yesterday we reported that The Hunger Games might feature either Jennifer Lawrence or Hailee Steinfeld as Katniss Everdeen. Today, Lionsgate confirmed that while both actresses have read for the lead role, there are no front runners at this time. The report from yesterday indicated that Jennifer Lawrence is negotiating a deal with the studio, which Lionsgate revealed is untrue.
Chloe Moretz is one of many actresses who have read for The Hunger Games lead role
The studio revealed that over 30 well-known actresses have already read for the lead role. Such actresses include Chloe Moretz, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Abigail Breslin, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emily Browning, Shailene Woodley, and Kaya Scodelario.
In the Suzanne Collins novel, Katniss Everdeen is 16 years old. It seems the studio is casting a wide net for the role, with actresses ranging from the teens to mid-twenties in age. Chloe Moretz (14 years old) is the youngest and Lyndsy Fonseca (24 years old) the oldest of the actresses mentioned who read for the part.
Gary Ross will direct The Hunger Games from a script by Billy Ray, which is adapted from the Suzanne Collins novel. The story centers on Katniss Everdeen, who is chosen to represent her region in a nationally-televised fight to the death.
It isn't clear when the role will be cast, although production will start in either the spring or summer.
The Hunger Games was released March 23rd, 2012 and stars Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Paula Malcomson. The film is directed by Gary Ross.