Jennifer Lawrence is ready to play the girl on fire again.
The Oscar-winning actress says she’s ready to return to the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise after becoming a household name for her work as Katniss in all four films.
“Oh my God – totally!” Lawrence told me Friday morning during a Zoom video interview while promoting his new R-rated coming-of-age comedy, “No Hard Feelings.” “If Katniss could ever come back into my life, 100%.”
Looking off camera, she added, “My producing partner just squeezed his heart out.”
The four episodes of “Hunger Games” starred Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson. The first, released in 2012, was directed by Gary Ross with the next three directed by Francis Lawrence.
An upcoming prequel film, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” stars Viola Davis, Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman, and Hunter Schafer. The film chronicles Coriolanus Snow’s rise to power to become President of Panem. It is slated for release on November 17.
“No Hard Feelings” is a steamy comedy starring Lawrence as a 32-year-old Uber driver who is hired by a wealthy couple (Matthew Broderick and Laura Benanti) to date and seduce their 19-year-old son (Andrew Barth Feldman) to help her come out of her shell before heading off to college in exchange for a car.
I asked 21-year-old Feldman if he remembered seeing Lawrence in “The Hunger Games” for the first time.
“You probably weren’t even born,” Lawrence cracked.
Feldman replied, “I was probably about 10 years old. I read the books, then the movies came out and it was a phenomenon. I watched them recently just for fun and texted [Lawrence] when it was happening. These moves are so good. This whole genre did not yet exist. We also had no idea this kind of movie incorporated such a huge, truthful, and beautiful performance from Jen.
Lawrence joked, “I can’t believe you could read when you were 10.”
“No Hard Feelings,” directed by Gene Stupnitsky (“Good Boys”), hits theaters June 23.
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