Since being nominated for an Academy Award at the age of 20, Jennifer Lawrence hasn't lacked for work offers. She landed the Hunger Games trilogy and the role of Mystique in the latest X-Men installment; now she's hard at work on Serena, based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel of the same name. (read our review) Though the film shares the same Appalachian setting as The Hunger Games, production has started in Prague, where the below shot of Lawrence and her co-star Bradley Cooper, were taken.
Cooper plays Serena's husband, George Pemberton, a wealthy lumber baron. The two return to their rural North Carolina town as newlyweds, but he soon realizes his beautiful bride has a ruthless side. As our reviewer put it, "the Pembertons do not shy away from violence. Instead, they embrace it and use it to their advantage at every turn."
Should be interesting to see Lawrence play the bad girl instead of the hero. Are you looking forward to seeing Serena on the big screen?
The first clip of The Hunger Games movie was released last night during MTV's Video Music Awards. Jennifer Lawrence introduces the clip, which I'll let speak for itself:
What do you think of the clip?
Rocker Lenny Kravitz will be play one of my personal favorite characters in the series, stylist Cinna.
In the series, stylists are the people who prepare the tributes to appear in public and on television. Cinna becomes an ally of Katniss, and he is also the brains behind her memorable "girl on fire" look. Don't you remember this passage?
"I want the audience to recognize you when you're in the arena," says Cinna dreamily. "Katniss, the girl who was on fire." It crosses my mind that Cinna's calm and normal demeanor masks a complete madman.
Can you imagine Kravitz as Cinna? Who is your favorite character from The Hunger Games?
Still have doubts about Jennifer Lawrence playing the role of Katniss, heroine of The Hunger Games? Well, if her squirrel-skinning skills demonstrated in Winter's Bone weren't enough for you, this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly (on sale May 20) might be. I'm putting it after the jump for maximum effect . . . and just in case anyone wants to keep her appearance a surprise. Lawrence spent time learning archery in LA before going to North Carolina to film. In the EW interview, she says that her sudden rise to stardom (with an Oscar nomination) gives her an understanding of Katniss: "She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’ ”
“I love this story,” she told EW, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.” Aside from being a little airbrushed (hey, it IS a magazine cover, after all), Lawrence looks at least as authentic as Daniel Radcliffe's blue-eyed Harry. Do you agree?
Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and several other young actresses were rumored to be in the running for this role, and I suspect many fans will raise eyebrows at Lawrence's casting. As we learn early on in The Hunger Games, Katniss has "straight black hair," "olive skin" and "gray eyes," and the blonde, fair Lawrence does not fit this physical description. (She's also four years older than the 16-year-old Katniss.) Still: Appearances aren't everything, and Lawrence's tough, haunting performance in Winter's Bone convinced me that she could be at home in the arena of Panem.
The Hunger Games movie comes out March 23, 2012. Only 366 days to mull over who should play Peeta and Gale, and try to imagine Cinna's amazing costumes!
What do you think of the new Katniss?
Also in BookPage: Read reviews of The Hunger Games and Mockingjay; read an interview with Suzanne Collins about Catching Fire. Also: Watch a video of some very enthusiastic Hunger Games fans.