Apparently Hailie Steinfeld, who played Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers’ True Grit, is being considered to play Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. Can I get a fuck yeah? She’d be perfect. Like Katniss, Mattie was a great teen girl heroine because she was actually hard-as-nails, all the way through, almost to the point of being unlikeable. No mid-movie conversion to a more acceptably wimpy and dependent girl. Moments of human fear or upset, yes, but then right back to her unapologetic, ass-kicking self.
As Ebert writes in his review (in case you didn’t know, Roger Ebert is my hero. His blog is one of the best things on the internet), “She [Hailie Steinfeld] sidesteps the opportunity to make Mattie adorable. Mattie doesn’t live in an adorable world. Seeing the first “True Grit,” I got a little crush on Kim Darby. Seeing this one, few people would get a crush on Hailee Steinfeld. Maybe in another movie. But the way she plays it with the Coens, she’s more the kind of person you’d want guarding your back.”
OK, now go see True Grit, and read The Hunger Games, so that when Hailie Steinfeld steps into the role that could launch her into a Twilight-style cult of adoration, you’ll be ready.