Jennifer Lawrence to Star as Katniss in 'The Hunger Games'

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After tons of speculation, 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games,' Lionsgate confirmed on Thursday.

Stars like Hailee Steinfeld and Chloe Moretz were rumored to be in the running for the coveted role, but the Louisville, Ky. native has officially landed the part -- and she's got the acting chops to back it up. Jennifer was nominated for Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards for her portrayal of Ree Dolly in 'Winter's Bone.'
'Hunger Games' author Suzanne Collins couldn't be happier with the casting. "Jennifer's just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave," she said in a press release. "I never thought we'd find somebody this perfect for the role. And I can't wait for everyone to see her play it."

Suzanne's best-selling novel has sold over 3 million copies in US and is the first of a three-part series, so you can see why this is such a huge deal for Jennifer. The films have the potential to be as big as 'Twilight,' and we all know what happened to the stars of that series.

The movie will be directed by Gary Ross, and is slated to be released on March 23, 2012. Do you back Jennifer as Katniss or were you hoping for someone else to get the part? Let us know what you think in the comments. %Poll-61841%

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