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Newcomer to Play Lawrence's Sister in Hunger Games

Lionsgate has picked Willow Shields to play Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of the lead character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, reports ComingSoon.net.

Lionsgate has picked Willow Shields to play Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of THE HUNGER GAMES lead character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, reports ComingSoon.net. Lawrence's Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place in the death games that she was randomly selected for. The cast already includes Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Jack Quaid (Marvel) and Leven Rambin (Glimmer). Elizabeth Banks is in talks to play a flighty bureaucrat as well.

Based on Suzanne Collins' novel, the story is set in a future where each district of a divided U.S. sends two young competitors into a death match, which is televised.

Gary Ross will direct from a script by Billy Ray. Color Force's Nina Jacobson is producing.

THE HUNGER GAMES is set for release on March 23, 2012.

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