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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

March 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Lawrence nabs “Hunger Games,” and more news for the weekend

A roundup, for the weekend . . .
— Bad news to all of you who chimed in earlier this week voicing your support for Hailee Steinfeld to play Katniss in the upcoming movie of “The Hunger Games.” It’s now confirmed: Jennifer Lawrence, of “Winter’s Bone,” has the role. The L.A. Times notes that, while 20-year-old Lawrence is notably older than the 16-year-old character, casting her presents no restrictions due to child labor laws (which would have been the case with Steinfeld and other under-18 actresses). The book’s author Suzanne Collins said, in a statement, “Jennifer’s just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it.”
— Good news for those who like lavish period movies based on great novels (and something to ponder while you stand in line for the excellent “Jane Eyre” this weekend): Joe Wright (“Atonement”) will direct an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. Keira Knightley and Aaron Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”) look likely to star.
— Kevin Costner has signed to play the Man of Steel’s adoptive dad in Zack Snyder’s new “Superman” movie. Hmm. He’ll always be Crash Davis to me.

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