Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen, a girl who joins a survival contest in order to save her community. The story takes place in the future, where teenagers are chosen at random to participate on the TV show Hunger Games, which forces them to compete to the death.
As for the role of fellow Hunger Games participant Peeta Mellark? I Am Number Four's Alex Pettyfer is reportedly being considered, as are Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Hunter Parrish (Weeds).
The Gary Ross-directed film will hit theaters March 23, 2012.