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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 14, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Jennifer Lawrence and “The Hunger Games”?

(By the way, anybody else watching “Big Love” last night? Did you notice that odd song with the nonsense syllables that Margene was singing with the kids? It’s that song that Suzanne Pleshette’s students sing in “The Birds,” quite possibly the creepiest children’s song ever recorded, and even though Margene and the little Henricksons sing it at a much livelier tempo, it still unmistakeably said to me that something terrible was about to happen . . . )
Anyway. I haven’t read “The Hunger Games” yet, but I’m guessing some of you have; it was the topic of a bit of conversation at my book group meeting yesterday, and I’m curious to check it out. The movie, to be directed by Gary Ross, is moving towards casting, and Deadline.com reports this morning that Jennifer Lawrence is likely to be signed to play the heroine, Katniss (a name that sounds too much like “catnip” for my taste) Everdeen. Lawrence, the wonderfully talented 20-year-old star of “Winter’s Bone,” is said to be the front-runner over Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Emily Browning; an odd situation as there’s a wide age range among these young actresses (Browning is 22, Steinfeld and Breslin are 14.) Would someone who’s read the book like to weigh in on who might be the best choice?

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