Lawrence: ‘I have a huge responsibility to play Hunger Games heroine’

The Winter’s Bone star beat out fellow 2011 Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin to land the lead role in Gary Ross’ new drama – based on Suzanne Collins’ hit book.

The casting was made official on Friday (18Mar11) when Ross confirmed he had made his pick for leading lady.

And now Lawrence has released a statement.

She writes, “I couldn’t be happier about being a part of Hunger Games and to play Katniss. I have a huge responsibility to the fans of this incredible book and I don’t take it lightly. I will give everything I have to these movies and to this role to make it worthy of Suzanne Collins’ masterpiece.”

And she’s looking forward to the pre-film training she’ll have to undertake to play all-action Everdeen: “I’ve never shot a bow and arrow, so that’ll be cool.”