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Jennifer Lawrence Out Of Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ As New Cast Members Are Rumored

Written by on March 21, 2011 

Despite being the first person who was in talks for the cast of Oliver Stone‘s Savages, a story over at Deadline (via ThePlaylist) slips the unfortunate news that Jennifer Lawrence is now off that project. One figures that her casting as lead Katniss Everdeen in the forthcoming Hunger Games trilogy of movies would lead to her dropping the part of O, which is certainly disappointing.

And while it’s a shame that the movie will be losing her as the female lead, you just kind of have to move on.

And we can do so by reporting the film’s rumored casting. The same story tells us that Taylor Kitsch, who played Gambit in X-Men Travesty: Wolverine, is being approached to star alongside Aaron Johnson in the lead, which would place them as the characters of Ben and Chon. The only thing I’ve seen Kitsch in is the aforementioned Wolverine, which he (along with everyone else was bad in); but Stone has a penchant for picking young actors, like Tom Crusie or Charlie Sheen, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Plus, he’s got the lead part in John Carter of Mars, which gives me the idea that he’s doing something right.

For the female roles, the part that Jennifer Lawrence left behind might be taken up by Olivia Wilde. If you’re a fan of her, though, don’t get too excited, because she’s said to only be one of the many candidates for the role. And when it comes to the cartel matriarch, Salma Hayek is being discussed for the part. In addition to being the matriarch, she apparently becomes protective, in a motherly sense, over the character of O.

I don’t know about any of you, but the casting leaves me somewhat satisfied. While I would have liked Lawrence for the main female part, I trust Stone with picking actors, which also leaves me feeling somewhat secure with the (in my mind, at least) unproven Kitsch in the lead and secure in Hayek for the role of the antagonist. I’m still in Stone’s camp, and I hope that he can bounce back after the resoundingly underwhelming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

What do you think of this casting? Who would you like to see in these parts?

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