Willow Shields lands the role of Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of lead role Katniss (to be played by Jennifer Lawrence) in The Hunger Games.
In the Suzanne Collins novel, it is actually Primrose a.k.a. Prim who gets selected to go to The Hunger Games, before her older sister Katniss ensures she takes her place.
Production is due to start in May, with a March 23rd 2012 release date already set.
Willow Shields, from New Mexico, only has three acting credits to her name, including a short film, a guest starring role on TV's In Plain Sight , and a role in the TV movie Beyond the Blackboard, which is about to air in the US.
Said director Gary Ross of the casting decision, "Its so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met. Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we're very lucky to have her."