The Hunger Games prequel movie in the works

A prequel to The Hunger Games movie franchise is in the works. Suzanne Collins’s popular young adult novel trilogy was adapted into four hugely successful films starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson between 2012 and 2015. O…

A prequel to The Hunger Games movie franchise is in the works.

Suzanne Collins’s popular young adult novel trilogy was adapted into four hugely successful films starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson between 2012 and 2015.

Officials at Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise, announced on Tuesday that they would also be making a movie adaptation of Collins’s upcoming prequel novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is due to be released on 19 May.

“Suzanne’s new book has been worth the wait. It offers everything fans could hope for and expect from The Hunger Games while also breaking new ground and introducing an entirely new canvas of characters,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a statement.

The new novel follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who would eventually rise to become the tyrannical ruler of the dystopian nation of Panem, and the central villain of the original Hunger Games series.

Snow, who was portrayed by Donald Sutherland in the franchise, is chosen to be a mentor for 10th annual Hunger Games, for a young girl from District 12, the future home of Lawrence’s heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Collins, who will also serve as an executive producer of the new film, added, “Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book.”

The prequel adaptation will serve a reunion for some behind-the-scenes crew. Francis Lawrence – no relation to Jennifer Lawrence – will return to the director’s chair after helming Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1, and Mockingjay – Part 2, while Nina Jacobson, who produced all of the films in the franchise, will produce the latest film, along with her partner Brad Simpson.

Collins will write the film’s treatment and Michael Arndt, who previously helped write Catching Fire, will adapt the screenplay.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s new Dior fragrance campaign unveiled

Jennifer Lawrence’s campaign for Dior’s latest fragrance has finally been unveiled.The Oscar-winning actress has been an ambassador for the French luxury label since 2012 and previously fronted a handbag campaign in 2013, as well as the ads for Dior Ad…

Jennifer Lawrence’s campaign for Dior’s latest fragrance has finally been unveiled.

The Oscar-winning actress has been an ambassador for the French luxury label since 2012 and previously fronted a handbag campaign in 2013, as well as the ads for Dior Addict Lipstick in 2015.

Jennifer was announced as the face of Dior’s new scent, Joy, in June (18), and now the debut images from the campaign have dropped on social media.

“JOY BY DIOR, THE NEW FRAGRANCE,” a brand rep captioned a snap of Jennifer on Instagram. “Discover the new #JoybyDior film starring the outstanding #JenniferLawrence… An ode to life, a true promise of happiness by Dior.”

The main image, taken by photographer and veteran video director Jean-Baptiste Mondino, depicts Jennifer reclining on a board as she poses in a white strapless Dior dress in a swimming pool.

While an accompanying video clip sees her diving into a perfect pool while fully dressed before cutting to a shot of her sitting in the sun and eating a red apple.

For the video shoot, the actress reunited with Francis Lawrence, the director she worked with on films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Red Sparrow.

Created by perfumer Francois Demachy, Joy will mark the first major Dior fragrance in 20 years. The last pillar scent was J’Adore, unveiled in 1999, with that campaign famously fronted by Charlize Theron.

Speaking about her latest gig, Jennifer recently told Harper’s Bazaar that she has a long connection to Dior, as her mother always wore the Miss Dior scent.

“That was my first smell of perfume, so Dior has been in my nostrils since I was a child. And it’s so weird that I have my own fragrance now!” she shared, adding that she was thrilled to work with Demachy on the process. “It’s also fascinating how one note will smell one way, and then when you pair it with another it smells completely different.”

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Jennifer Lawrence struggled to maintain her Russian accent on Red Sparrow set

Jennifer Lawrence found it difficult practising her Russian accent for Red Sparrow, because she knew much of the crew from filming The Hunger Games.The actress plays a Russian spy in the latest thriller by Francis Lawrence, who also directed the last t…

Jennifer Lawrence found it difficult practising her Russian accent for Red Sparrow, because she knew much of the crew from filming The Hunger Games.

The actress plays a Russian spy in the latest thriller by Francis Lawrence, who also directed the last three instalments of The Hunger Games series. Though Jennifer tried to maintain her character’s accent while on set, she admitted that the company she kept meant the task was much harder than anticipated.

“I tried to stay in the accent, but it’s so hard because I’ve known the crew for so long,” the 27-year-old groaned in an interview with Britain’s Total Film magazine. “So I can’t talk to them in a Russian accent. Next time I do a movie doing an accent, I’m never going to go in and out (of accents) because it makes it so much harder.”

Her latest role brought additional challenges with Jennifer taking up ballet training as she prepared to play Dominika Egorova, who is a ballerina as well as a spy. The Silver Linings Playbook star also had to get to grips with a hard-hitting script that saw her character become a victim of violence and sexual abuse, but shared that cracking jokes between takes always got her through filming the toughest of scenes.

“Joel (Egerton, who plays her love interest in the film) and I are very similar. We’d both be joking and talking about something completely different until ‘action,’” said the Oscar winner. “I can’t imagine staying in a head space and not having fun. Otherwise, why would you do it?” And director Francis agreed, going on to share that Jennifer’s attitude hasn’t changed one bit since playing Katniss Everdeen.

“On the Mockingjay movies, we actually cut a reel together of the moment she switches – because she will be joking and cracking fart jokes right up to the moment you call ‘action,’” he laughed.

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Francis Lawrence immediately knew Jennifer Lawrence was his Red Sparrow leading lady

Director Francis Lawrence immediately knew Jennifer Lawrence was the one to play Russian spy Dominika in their new movie Red Sparrow.The filmmaker had worked with Jennifer on the final three of the four Hunger Games movies, and he was finishing up the …

Director Francis Lawrence immediately knew Jennifer Lawrence was the one to play Russian spy Dominika in their new movie Red Sparrow.

The filmmaker had worked with Jennifer on the final three of the four Hunger Games movies, and he was finishing up the final part, Mockingjay – Part 2, when he started reading James Matthew’s 2013 novel Red Sparrow ahead of a screen adaptation.

While he was reading it, he knew Jennifer would be right for the part of Russian spy Dominika, and pitched it to her right away.

“When I read the book, I thought of Jen,” he told WENN/Cover Media at the film’s London premiere. “I was finishing Mockingjay 2 when I read the book and I thought about her instantly and called her up when I finished and pitched it to her.

“She said, ‘Yeah, I mean, not looking at a script, it sounds like a fun idea to do’ so we thought of her, had her in mind as we worked on the screenplay.”

Francis, who also directed I Am Legend, worked with screenwriter Justin Haythe on the script and once the actress was officially onboard the project, she had some input.

“Especially dealing with some of the content of the movie, she and I worked really closely together to make sure that worked well within the story and the themes and the character,” Francis said, referencing the movie’s nudity and violent content.

In the film, Dominika, who is trained to seduce her target, is tasked with extracting information from CIA agent Nate Nash, played by Joel Edgerton.

It has received mixed reviews so far, but Francis hasn’t been paying attention to the critical response, mentioning that he rarely reads reviews anyway.

“Occasionally I do. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t,” he continued.

Red Sparrow, which also stars Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling and Matthias Schoenarts, hits cinemas from 1 March (18).

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Joel Edgerton talked to former CIA agent as part of Red Sparrow preparation

Joel Edgerton learned to find the humanity in spies after having a chat with a former CIA operative in preparation for his new movie Red Sparrow. The Australian actor was fascinated by spies when growing up and considered them to be superhuman, but he…

Joel Edgerton learned to find the humanity in spies after having a chat with a former CIA operative in preparation for his new movie Red Sparrow.

The Australian actor was fascinated by spies when growing up and considered them to be superhuman, but he realised they were just normal people after having a chat with ex-CIA officer Jason Matthews, who wrote the 2013 Red Sparrow novel, in preparation for his role of Nate Nash, a CIA agent who is the target for Jennifer Lawrence’s Russian spy character Dominika.

When asked how he prepared for the role, Joel told Cover Media at the film’s London premiere, “I like to think the first port of information is the script and if I can’t find the information I need, I go beyond that. The beauty of this is the script is based on a novel by Jason Matthews and he was an ex-CIA operative so I had conversations with him.

“The greatest thing I learned from him was just to really get in touch with the humanity of any of these operatives… Yeah, there’s a certain sense of elevated experience about what they do for a living and how they live their lives, but at the end of the day they’ve still got to put their socks on in the morning and go to sleep at night and wake up and cook breakfast.”

The Black Mass actor admitted he was sold on the genre of the movie because he was so interested in the spy world as a kid, even having his own spy kit that included binoculars and a recording device when he was 10 years old.

Director Francis Lawrence, no relation to Jennifer, also explained that the script was quite different to the novel as they decided to focus on Dominika and her swaying allegiances, rather than on both her and Nate. He also teased that fans of the novel will be in for a surprise as the ending is different.

Red Sparrow hit cinemas from 1 March (18).

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