See Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in First Hunger Games Image

See Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in First Hunger Games Image

May 18, 2011

And you thought the Hunger Games casting craze was exciting. It’s one thing to watch as Lionsgate fleshes out the roster with names, but it’s another to see those actors fully embrace their newly assigned roles – visually.

When Jennifer Lawrence was first cast as Katniss Everdeen, many suggested she was too old for the part, her hair was too light and skin too pale. Well, apparently the production’s hair, makeup and costume department can work wonders because Lawrence is gracing the cover of the next edition of Entertainment Weekly as Katniss and she looks, well, absolutely perfect. The straight black hair, olive skin and even the gray eyes; they’ve nailed it all.

In terms of the clothing, it’s a little more modern than I imagined, but I guess it makes sense for the coat to have a bit of a shine to it considering one of its primary purposes is to reflect the tributes’ body heat on cold nights. That orange strip is a nice flair especially paired with the magazine’s similarly colored bold title. But of course, the piece that really seals the deal for this look is the Mocking-Jay pin, the item given to Katniss by Madge, the District 12 mayor’s daughter, just before she boards the train for the Capitol.

Even better? When this issue hits stands, it’ll pack even more images, perhaps some of Katniss in action. Apparently an EW reporter had a chat with Lawrence while training on a Los Angeles archery range, so shots of the star wielding the character’s iconic bow and arrow are more than likely. The preview piece on teases a sweet moment between Lawrence and director Gary Ross during which she told him of her Oscar season experience; “I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.” Remind you of anyone?

I’ve got this fantastic feeling that the May 20th issue could really put the film in the perfect state for diehard fans of the book. Yes, I was part of the party that was skeptical of Lawrence’s casting, but seeing as everything’s sorted out in the visual department, there’s really no reason to think the Oscar nominee won’t hit a homerun with this fantastic character. According to this preview, it seems as though Lawrence recognizes that Katniss Everdeen isn’t just any old role; there are a lot of people out there counting on her to do the much beloved character justice.

I know I’ve got high hopes. How about you?

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