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'The Hunger Games' finds its Katniss in Jennifer Lawrence. Is she the right choice?

March 17, 2011 |  9:22 am

Jenniferlawrence_wintersbone  Jennifer Lawrence, the Academy Award-nominated star of "Winter's Bone," will play Katniss in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games," TheWrap reports.

According to TheWrap, the 20 year-old Lawrence emerged as the "clear frontrunner" to play Katniss, "one of the hottest roles in town," four days ago. The deal, which was closed on Wednsday, is assumed to include not just "Hunger Games" but also its two sequels, based on Collins' books "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay."

Although Lawrence glammed up for the many awards ceremonies she attended, her on-screen persona in "Winter's Bone" was much closer to a girl fighting her way through a post-apocalyptic landscape. What do you think: Is Jennifer Lawrence the right choice to play Katniss?

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone." Credit: Lionsgate