That “Hunger Games” sequel may or may not have a director (depending on how Lionsgate handles original director Gary Ross’ demands for a bigger paycheck the second time ’round), but it’s definitely got its star in Jennifer Lawrence, who has been cleared by rival Fox studio to do the Lionsgate sequel later this year.
After which, Lawrence would segue onto Fox’s “X-Men: First Class” sequel. (I’m guessing by that time, the film will have gotten a new subtitle. “X-Men: Second Class”, perhaps?) The sequel to “The Hunger Game”, titled “Catching Fire”, is expected to shoot this August or September for a quick 2013 release.
There was apparently something of a ginned-up dilemma for the two studios, as Lawrence is contractually obligated to appear in both sequels, though admittedly her role in “The Hunger Games” is way more valuable/necessary, whereas she was just a cog in the “X-Men” machine, one that could have been easily replaced with a simple explanation. She does play a shapeshifter in the series, after all. (See video below for evidence.)
But rest easy, “Hunger Games” and “X-Men” fans — Lawrence will almost certainly appear in both franchises in 2013 or thereabouts. In case, you know, you were worried.
Via : THR