The highly-anticipated The Hunger Games will soon be synonymous with the name Jennifer Lawrence, who steps into the role of Katniss Everdeen for the Hollywood take on Suzanne Collin’s bestselling novel.

Yet, the 21-year-old actress looked literally worlds apart from her scruffy onscreen character when she turned up at a New York screening of the show in a dazzling green grown with a plunging neckline.

The star allowed her natural blonde locks to flow down her shoulders and completed the look with a pair of black heeled sandals.

In an event hosted by The Cinema Society and Calvin Klein, the rising starlet was joined by Russian stunner Irina Shayk, who donned a white two-piece ensemble, dangling earrings and striking up do.

In an interview with Stylist, Lawrence admitted she had her reservations about taking on the role of Katniss as she was such a huge fan of the books.

She told the publication: “When I heard there was going to be a movie I was like, ‘Oh, great. Another great book about to be ruined by a film franchise’. I was so against it.”

The Hunger Games hits British cinemas on March 23rd.

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