April 04, 2011 12:00 PM

>Let the Hunger Games begin. Jennifer Lawrence, 20, beat out scores of actresses to star as Katniss Everdeen, the strong, smart heroine at the core of Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular trilogy of young-adult novels. “I have a huge responsibility to the fans,” Lawrence, who broke out in last year’s gritty indie Winter’s Bone, said in a statement. The actress will dye her hair brown and train in archery for the film, due in March 2012. Choosing Lawrence, director Gary Ross told ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, was “the easiest casting decision I ever made in my life.”

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