Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen: First Look!

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I love this story - and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.

So says Jennifer Lawrence to Entertainment Weekly in that magazine's latest issue. The Winter's Bone star was a controversial choice to portray Katniss Everdeen, mostly due to her age and blonde hair color. But a simple dye job has at least taken care of the latter problem.

Is this the image of Katniss on the big screen you had in mind, readers?

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss

In an interview with the publication, Lawrence laughed because she recounted the experience of being transformed into the novel's main character... and realized it was akin to exactly what Katniss went through as a Tribute.

Asked about meeting director Gary Ross, the actress said:

"I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’"

The Hunger Games has started shooting in North Carolina and will be released on March 23. Among the three other main roles, Josh Hutcherson will play Peeta; Liam Hemsworth will portray Gale; and Woody Harrelson is in as Haymitch.

[Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly]

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People bitch way too much. It's pathetic. No matter who they chose, there'd be a giant group crying over it. Get over it. They can't cast everyone's perfect person for the role. Fandoms have entitlement issues. Just because you're a fan doesn't mean you run the show.

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Very late to this..but she needs to dye her hair black. Katniss has long, straight black hair, usually in a braid down her back, gray eyes, and olive skin

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I always wish they would branch out and look for people who haven't ever been in anything. For all they know the perfect charecters could be out there right now. I mean I know whenever I read a book I always imagine myself as the main charecter :) I do think they did a good job with the casting role. I didn't imagine Snow with a beard though. Can't wait to see it though it can never amount to the books. My favorite was Catching Fire. I thought the clock was very clever.

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I think she will make a good Katniss, but I did imagine her hair a bit darker, almost black.

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THE CASTING SUCKS PERIOD. STOP GETTING OLDER ACTORS/ ACTRESSES TO PLAY THE ROLL OF YOUNGER CHARACTERS. AND AT LEAST GET ACTORS/ACTRESSES THAT HAVE THE SAME APPEARANCE AS THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOKS... I MEAN COMMON DID THEY EVEN READ THE BOOKS??? AND IT SEEMS LIKE ANYONE COULD GET INTO A MOVIE THESE DAYS!!!!

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SHE LOOKS SO FAKE IM SO FREAKING UPSET UGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I think Jennifer will be great as Katniss, and Woody as Haymitch doesn't seem too bad, either. But Josh as Peeta and Liam as Gale seems a bit backwards to me. :/

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8D Amazing! When I first saw her I was like, "Well thanks for ruining my life Lionsgate!" But they took her and made her exactly how I pictured Katniss! Fingers crossed they can do the same for Josh & Liam!

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She looks great but doesn't Katniss have black hair?

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petta is horrible, hes short and not at all what i imagined petta to look like