Jennifer Lawrence excited about sequel
Running through a battle environment killing teens while a global audience watches in glee doesn’t (one hopes) have much in common with the world we live in.
But Jennifer Lawrence — who, of course, plays Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games — thinks the film’s sequel will offer a certain verisimilitude. “The new movie will be very real, which is what I’m excited about,” she said of Catching Fire, which Francis Lawrence will direct. “I really like his take, which is a lot of what I liked in Gary Ross. It’s the realistic grasp of the story instead of all the details of the imaginary things.”
Lawrence said she’s met the director and believes that, overall, he’s trying to continue what Ross started with his adaptation of the first book in the Suzanne Collins series. “He’s not trying to reinvent anything,” she said. The actress begins shooting Catching Fire this autumn, with the movie set for a November 2013 release.
In the meantime, the Oscar nominee will be seen as the object of other men’s affections. She recently wrapped Serena, a romantic drama set in Depression-era North Carolina in which she plays Serena Pemberton, a not-exactly sympathetic wife to a timber magnate (Bradley Cooper), and the object of another man’s (Rhys Ifans’s) affections — a man who, it should be said, gets violent when things don’t go his way.
Lawrence described the plot as “kind of a messed-up love story”. Directed by Susanne Bier and produced by Mark Cuban’s 2929 Productions, the film does not yet have US distribution. Lawrence, who with her previous roles has mostly stayed in modern (or future) times, said she found the period setting an adjustment.
“If you’re wearing high heels, you feel more posh,” she said. “It changes everything, even the way you move your body.” But Lawrence also thought Serena a relief after the righteous heroines of The Hunger Games and breakout Winter’s Bone.
“It’s nice not to have to make excuses for your character, not to always try to rationalise something,” she said. “There’s something totally liberating about dancing.
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