Yep. I didn't think so either.
My first thought was: Glimmer. That's freaking Glimmer from District 1, right? This is a joke, right? They really are casting Katniss as a tall curvy blonde white girl?
There's been a quiet buzz around The Hunger Games casting for a long time now, barely audible beneath the ZOMG I WANNA BE KATNISS shrieking, and that's that it's never been clear whether or not Katniss is white. She's described as olive-skinned, gray-eyed, and dark-haired, which to me adds up to Latina or Native American, but which Hollywood unsurprisingly interpreted as "Caucasian." She does have a very fair sister and mother as described in the novels, so I guess it was ambiguous, but it's still incredibly frustrating that they felt the need to specify her race in the casting call.
In that vein, and continuing along the lines of my first thought, I should be disappointed in Jennifer Lawrence's casting, too. After all, she is the epitome of the blonde Hollywood bombshell on the red carpet, and even though I hate to hold a boyfriend against her, she is dating Nicholas freakin' Hoult. But honestly, my second thought went something much more like this: Wait a minute. Is that that chick from Winter's Bone?
And pissed as I remain that Hollywood didn't take the opportunity to add some color to their lily-white mix with someone who looks more like this, I am now convinced that she will make an un-frigging-believably awesome Katniss, especially since even Suzanne Collins is a fan.
In other news, Miley Cyrus has been confirmed as Janie for the movie adaptation of Lisa McMann's Wake, which ironically is something out of a recurring nightmare of mine. Because we all know a Disney star worth $120 million that is using this movie "as a vehicle" is the perfect choice for someone without enough money to buy groceries who's trying to put herself through college. Yep, I'm trying not to think about it, either.
Anyway, what does everyone think of the choices for Katniss and Janie? Please chime in in the comments!
Now Listening: "Daffodil Lament" by The Cranberries.