‘The Hunger Games’ launched Jennifer Lawrence as the biggest star of the decade
Katniss Everdeen may have had her reign (sort of) over Panem, but she has nothing over Jennifer Lawrence, who played the role in the movie adaptation. The 25-year old has gone beyond the franchise and risen into major star status in Hollywood. But did she ever see it coming?
In a way, she did. She tells USA Today that she knew “The Hunger Games” film franchise will be huge, given it already had major following as a book trilogy from Suzanne Collins. But she did have her reservations about taking the project right away, stating that she always thought being a “minivan soccer-mom” is her future.
But the rest, as they say, is history. And Lawrence went on to star as Katniss Everdeen, representing District 12 with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), sailing through Panem, and representing the face of the Rebellion.
It’s not as if the blonde beauty was a relative unknown when she took the role. She had been in moviegoers’ consciousness ever since her breakout performance as lead in 2010’s “Winter’s Bone” and has even starred as the shape-shifting Mystique in the X-Men film series. But no one can deny that it was really “The Hunger Games” that shot her to stardom, leading her to more memorable roles and marking her place in moviegoers’ hearts.
It’s because “Winter’s Bone” is mostly an independent film, reaching a number of people that’s not comparable to the dystopian film’s reach. And though the X-Men franchise is also a huge franchise, the American actress shared the screen with a a whole ensemble of other made actors. And as Mystique, there were also times when her face was not even front and centre.
But with “The Hunger Games,” it’s different. All four movies are very much HER movie more than anybody else’s. It is, after all, a story about “The Girl on Fire.” The poster, the trailer and posters all screams Katniss and her face is always on the forefront.
Fandango’s chief correspondent Dave Karger said it best, “The Hunger Games will be remembered as the franchise that launched the biggest movie star of this decade. There is none bigger, male or female, than Jennifer Lawrence. There’s something magical about the character of Katniss Everdeen and Jennifer Lawrence. These things together are so powerful.”
And so “The Hunger Games” franchise might be ending with the release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” this week but it is definitely just the beginning of Jennifer Lawrence’s ever rising star.
As the actress confessed, “It was a pretty quick explosion.” But unlike any other explosion, it won’t be over soon.