Lionsgate confirmed this afternoon that Jennifer Lawrence, of "Winter's Bone," will play the lead in the new Hunger Games film. She will play Katniss in the first installment of the popular franchise set to release March 23, 2012.
“Jennifer’s just an incredible actress,” praised Suzanne Collins in a statement. “So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role."