Hunger Games casting attracts trio of Oscar nominees

By Sean O’Connell Producers of the upcoming “The Hunger Games” adaptation have their eye on some Oscar-nominated talents, which is great news for fans who are tracking this production every step of the way.

“Winter’s Bone” star Jennifer Lawrence, “True Grit” Hailee Steinfeld, and “Little Miss Sunshine” standout Abigail Breslin are all in the running for the coveted lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, according to Variety.

Lawrence appears to be the frontrunner for the part, according to the trade, though she might be too old for the part. Everdeen — a survivor in a dystopic future who must compete in a vicious televised contest — is in her late teens, while Lawrence is 20. Steinfeld and Breslin, however, are both 14.

A decision should be made soon regarding “Hunger Games” casting. Director Gary Ross is moving toward a previously announced release date of March 23, 2012, so the clock is ticking.

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