Yesterday we reported that The Hunger Games might feature either Jennifer Lawrence or Hailee Steinfeld as Katniss Everdeen. Today, Lionsgate confirmed that while both actresses have read for the lead role, there are no front runners at this time. The report from yesterday indicated that Jennifer Lawrence is negotiating a deal with the studio, which Lionsgate revealed is untrue.
The studio revealed that over 30 well-known actresses have already read for the lead role. Such actresses include Chloe Moretz, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Abigail Breslin, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emily Browning, Shailene Woodley, and Kaya Scodelario.
In the Suzanne Collins novel, Katniss Everdeen is 16 years old. It seems the studio is casting a wide net for the role, with actresses ranging from the teens to mid-twenties in age. Chloe Moretz (14 years old) is the youngest and Lyndsy Fonseca (24 years old) the oldest of the actresses mentioned who read for the part.
Gary Ross will direct The Hunger Games from a script by Billy Ray, which is adapted from the Suzanne Collins novel. The story centers on Katniss Everdeen, who is chosen to represent her region in a nationally-televised fight to the death.
It isn't clear when the role will be cast, although production will start in either the spring or summer.