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The big winner at Sundance, Debra Granik's film, about a young woman who has to find her meth-addicted, bail-jumping father before she and her siblings lose their home, comes out June 11.
"The Hunger Games," which is being hailed as the next "Twilight," is looking for a leading lady, and she needs to be pretty white, regardless of how she's describe in the book.
Jennifer Lawrence, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin are in the mix for the lead role of Katniss Everdeen for "The Hunger Games," reported Variety, based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling books about a dystopian future where children are pitted against one another in battles to the death.
In the book, the first of a trilogy (hello, franchise!) Everdeen is described as having olive skin, dark hair, and gray eyes. And yet, the casting notice for the role says the actress "should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, who could portray someone 'underfed but strong,' and 'naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness,' notes Vulture.
Look, Lawrence, Steinfeld and Breslin are all fine actresses, each with an Oscar nomination on her resume, but isn't it about time Hollywood stops whitening everything? Haven't we learned anything from "The Last Airbender"?
Director Gary Ross plans to start shooting this spring, so an announcement should be coming soon.