Chloe Moretz is Possible Front-Runner for HUNGER GAMES
Recent buzz surrounding Lionsgate's future film adaptation of The Hunger Games book series pegs the KICK ASS starlet as the top contender to portray Katniss Everdeen.
The Hunger Games, a young-adult science fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins which has spurred two sequels, is the latest hot property which has garnered enough attention for a major motion picture adaptation.
Unlike previous book series it has been compared to, The Twilight Saga (a story of a teenage girl thrown into the world of vampires and werewolves) and The Millennium Trilogy (about a 20-something Swedish hacker and her private detective friend), Hunger Games follows the life of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where a powerful government called the "Capitol" has risen up after several devastating disasters. The Hunger Games itself is an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to a fight. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to show how no one, including children, is above the Capitol's power. The last of the young challengers to survive the harshness of the wilderness wins the game.
According to USA Today, several leading news agencies have reported that 14-year-old Chloe Moretz is now the front-runner of the long list of candidates Lionsgate Entertainment is actively pursuing to take the lead role for the film trilogy. Moretz, who gained much acclaim for her portrayal of comic book character Hit Girl in Matthew Vaughn's KICK ASS will next be seen in the American horror remake Let Me In.
The screenplay for Hunger Games was penned by the series' novelist, Collins, and soon after revised by screenwriter Billy Ray (television's 24 and Flightplan). Lionsgate is scheduled to begin production on the film early next year; although a director has yet to be formally attached.