First Look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in The Hunger Games

EW has your first look at Jennifer Lawrence in character as Katniss from Gary Ross’ upcoming “The Hunger Games”, the first of what Lionsgate hopes is a new budding franchise based on the series of novels by Suzanne Collin.

Katniss Everdeen is supposed to be 16-years old, but I’m guessing they’ll either age Lawrence’s Katniss up a bit, or just ignore the whole age thing completely.

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

The cast also includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley, and Stanley Tucci. The games commences in 2012.