1st look at Jennifer Lawrence as Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen

When it was announced that the role of The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen was going to 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence a few months ago, fans of the book immediately went into a blind panic.

Message boards exploded with posts worrying that the recent Academy Award-nominated actress was too old, blonde, pale and, frankly, traditionally pretty to play the book's 16-year-old, olive-skinned, plain warrior-teen.

Well, we're pretty sure the film's team has squelched a few protests with the release of EW's exclusive cover image of Lawrence in full Everdeen look.

By our estimation, Lawrence's lithe look, single brown braid, green eyes and "don't mess with me" stare is Katniss to a T. However, the image still leaves us wondering how her age will read on screen, or whether the screenwriters are going to tweak that element in translating the book to the screen.

What do you think of Lawrence's Everdeen look? A hit or a miss?

The Hunger Games is scheduled for release on March 23, 2012.

(via EW)

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