Darren Franich
March 03, 2011 AT 10:46 PM EST

Image Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosAs EW exclusively reported earlier today, there may not be any one frontrunner for the role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming Hunger Games movie, but there are many, many, many names in contention. Essentially every young actress in Hollywood — both actual teenagers and lovely young woman who can still pass for teenagers — are competing to play the lead role in the Suzanne Collins adaptation. All of the names are impressive, and it’s easy to see how any of the actresses in contention could put their own intriguing spin on the role. Tell us your pick in the poll after the jump. Personally, I already know who my number one pick is: Hailee Steinfeld, star of True Grit.

At 14, Steinfeld is on the low age range of the actresses being discussed for the role: Fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence is 20, and Nikita star Lyndsy Fonseca is 24. You could argue that Steinfeld is even a bit too young to play the 16-year-old Katniss. But to me, Steinfeld’s role in True Grit captured a quality that’s central to Katniss’ character: a proud, even brave disinterest in other people’s bullplop. In the Hunger Games books, Katniss is perpetually surrounded by schemers and dreamers — Capitol zealots, rebel ideologues, politicians — and the most heroic thing about her is how dramatically unwilling she is to buy into any one belief system.

That’s even true of the trilogy’s “romantic” triangle, which is actually adorably anti-romantic: Katniss is besieged on either side by a naive fellow who fancies himself a romantic hero and a stern survivalist who considers himself a lone-wolf freedom fighter, and most of the time she just finds them both exasperating. If you think about it, that’s not too far away from the central triangle of True Grit, which saw Steinfeld’s Mattie Ross as the irritated voice of reason mediating between the dueling narcissists played by Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.

That’s my two cents, PopWatchers. Now tell us which actress currently in contention you’d like to see in the Hunger Games movie. Have another preference? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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