In 'The Hunger Games,' the country of Panem is divided up into the Capitol and the 12 surrounding districts. Every year, each district must send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to the Capitol to compete in a televised fight to the death called The Hunger Games. Clearly, the 23-year-old Fonseca doesn't coincide with the Capitol's rules, but will a film audience be more lenient? It wouldn't come as a surprise if Lionsgate opted to go with a slightly older cast and try to have them pass for younger characters. This would certainly widen the pool of options and give the studio the chance to throw in some more familiar faces with more experience.
However, fans of Suzanne Collins' book have already picked their favorites for the lead role of Katniss Everdeen and Scodelario is one of them. Having never seen 'Skins' and only recognizing Scodelario from a very brief appearance in Duncan Jones' 'Moon,' it's impossible to have much faith in her. Then again, it also isn't fair to knock her out of the competition without seeing the production that amassed her a fanbase. Apparently Scodelario tweeted about having received "a certain script for a film based on a book." Two tweets later, she throws in "THG," basically solidifying that the script in question is 'The Hunger Games.' Those tweets have been removed, but you can see a screenshot of them over at Jabberyjays.com.
While both seem like fine options, my preference is still the much-debated Chloe Moretz. Perhaps the folks out there who are still convinced she could never play Katniss haven't seen 'Let Me In' because not only did that film solidify Moretz has unbelievable range, but it also shows she's capable of playing a youthful and caring character, but in a darker world.
As exciting as it is for 'Hunger Games' fans to hear that the script is circulating, this news in no way means Fonseca or Scodelario are any closer to getting the part. As a matter of fact, as of NYCC, Fonseca hadn't even read the script yet. The casting of Katniss will likely take some time and while anxiety levels might peak during the wait, hopefully it'll be well worth it when the lucky lady's name is announced.
However, in the meantime, there's no harm in discussing our options. What do you think of Fonseca or Scodelario playing Katniss? Would you rather see an actual 16-year-old get the role or the studio go with any talented young actress regardless of age?