A First Look At Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss Everdeen

Jennifer Lawrence's first images as Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen

Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence looks like she is ready to start kicking butt and taking names in new images released by Entertainment Weekly of her as Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen.  In an exclusive interview with the mag, the Winter’s Bone Oscar nominee and current FLARE cover girl revealed what it was like to be cast in such a sought-after role.   “I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change,” she says. “And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’”

The naturally blonde starlet has gone to the dark side for this role, dying her hair a very deep brown, embracing the rougher look of her character, a dirt-poor hunter. Lawrence went into intense archery training in Los Angeles before The Hunger Games went into production in North Carolina. The film, which is based on the extremely popular YA novel series by Suzanne Collins about teenagers forced to fight to the death, has rounded out its cast with Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks and Woodly Harrelson.  The film is expected to be released in March 2012.–Ashley Singh