Francis Lawrence Confirmed to Direct The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

photoI Am Legend director Francis Lawrence has officially signed on to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, based on the second in a series of books by Suzanne Collins.

Lawrence (Water for Elephants, Constantine) replaces Gary Ross, who decided not to direct the second installment in Lionsgate's new blockbuster franchise due to the film's tight production schedule.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their roles as Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles in the post-apocalyptic action-adventure. Catching Fire is slated to hit theaters and IMAX on November 22, 2013. Source: Lionsgate


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