Jennifer Lawrence 'carries' Hunger Games movie

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
March 19th, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence singlehandedly ''carries'' the 'Hunger Games' movie, according to producers.

The 'Winter's Bone' actress stars as protagonist Katniss Everdeen in the movie which tells the story of teenagers in the future forced to compete to the death live on the TV for entertainment and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik say the movie is anchored by Jennifer's strong performance.

Jon explained to The Hollywood Reporter: ''To have [Katniss] be strong, and smart and independent. That's what we had to get right. [Jennifer Lawrence] just brought all that with her amazing talent and incredible work ethic. She just brought the best and carried us all on her back.''

The pair also have high praise for director Gary Ross, explaining they needed to find a filmmaker who shared author Suzanne Collins' ''honest'' voice.

Nina said: ''I felt that we needed to find a voice for the movie that was as honest as the voice in the book. You want to find that ethical voice that Suzanne Collins found. And that's very hard I think to pull off, but I think Gary really found a way to hit that right in the sweet spot.

''Katniss is a very three-dimensional character. You feel like you know her. And not every filmmaker could capture that voice and make sure that the storytelling came from character.''

The producers are planning to make three more movies to cover the final two books in the 'Hunger Games' trilogy.