Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence [Winter's Bone] has been cast as "Katniss Everdeen" in The Hunger Games report MTV. The film, directed by Gary Ross [Seabiscuit], is based on the first book in the best-selling Sci-fi series by Suzanne Collins. The story centers around a post apocalyptic society in which children are forced to take part in televised fights to the death. Lawrence was selected from up to 30 actresses vying for the part, among them Hailee Steinfeld [True Grit] and Abigail Breslin. The film will hit theaters March 23 2012.