About the only thing similar actress Chloe Moretz and The Hunger Games’ fictional Katniss Everdeen have in common is both have kicked a lot of ass and both have seen a boatload of blood. I’m referring, tounge-in-cheek, to Moretz’s performances as Hit Girl in last April’s Kick-Ass, as well as her role as the blood-thirsty, yet tender-hearted, vampire in Let Me In, opening this Friday. Those are the only similarities and if the rumors of Moretz being considered for the role of Katniss are true, that is a bad, bad, bad idea on two main fronts.
First and foremost, Chloe Moretz looks absolutely nothing like Katniss Everdeen. Moretz has pale skin and is a dishwater blonde, whereas Collins describes Katniss as having long, black hair (usually in a braid of sorts), grayish eyes and olive-colored skin, traits that specifically mark residents of The Seam, the poorest of poor miners in District 12. Short of a huge makeover, which I suppose is possible, Moretz simply doesn’t fit the part. And that leads me to my last point.
Casting Chloe Moretz as Katniss Everdeen would be overkill and utter saturation for a movie that needs fresh faces and fresh blood. The same can be said of rumors of Kristen Stewart or Dakota Fanning suiting up as the aforementioned Everdeen. No, The Hunger Games needs an original cast of newbies because it needs to distance itself from the glut of teen-centric/young adult cinema, particularly The Twilight Saga, and rely more on story to push its success.