According to an article published in USA Today a few days ago, Chloe Moretz, the young actor best known for her role as Hit Girl in the movie Kick Ass, is leading the search for someone to play the role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming Hunger Games movie. Fans have been selecting their actor picks all summer long (and perhaps even long before the lead up to Mockingjay‘s August 24, 2010 release). According to this article, Moretz “has the inside track to star in the film adaptation for the first movie.” They also mentioned that Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart is on most of the online shortlists as well.
I’m a fan, and I have to admit that while Kick Ass was a great movie, and Moretz was perfect for Hit Girl, I’m not so sure that she would translate well into the role of Katniss. Sure, she has proven her versatility as a action adventure hero and more dramatic roles in other films, but as a 13-year-old, won’t she be a little too young? Katniss is 16 at the beginning of The Hunger Games and though she is described, as some of the comments pointed out, a bit malnourished and under-developed in the first novel, I have a hard time believing that she could convincingly portray a girl that much older. The benefit, of course, is that by the time the final movie gets released, she’ll still be an appropriate age, but will she be the appropriate size? Katniss is short, and while Moretz might qualify now, there is a good chance that she could grow 4 or more inches in the intervening years. (I know I did).
Do these issues of a characters age and height matter to fans? Do you think that Chloe Moretz has the look appropriate to play Katniss or not? Do you really all think that Moretz is the best actor for the job? You know my opinion, but I still want to hear yours. Let me know what you think about her playing your favorite YA heroine on the big screen and if it’s not her, who do you think should play the role?