The film is based on the first book of Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular series. The book and movie are about a girl, Katniss Everdeen, and her struggle to survive what are known as Hunger Games, a contest that pits children against each other in a life-or-death battle.
The role was hotly contested, with actresses such as “True Grit” star Hailee Stenifeld, Chloe Moretz, Emily Browning, and Saorise Ronan vying for it.
Lawrence has risen in popularity since her appearance in “Winter’s Bone,” where her role landed her a nomination in the Academy Awards.
The film is set to be directed by Gary Ross, and the first movie should make its appearance in theaters next March.