Girl on Fire
U.S. Release Date: 11/22/13
A heavy physical work out regimen, required the young actress, star of titles such as Silver Linings Playbook and Winters Bone, to spend many hours on the archery range and sharpen up her skills in free running – a form of acrobatics in which the participant performs acrobatic maneuver, against a city landscape, in order to quickly get from one point to another.
“The stunts in this movie are really fantastic,” she recalls, “so it was worth doing the extra months of training to be able to do them.”
Lawrence believes her character, Katniss Everdeen, is only just coming to terms with her experiences in the first Hunger chapter.
In that film, you may recall, she won the titular annual contest, in which a girl and boy from each of the twelve districts of an area known as Panem, must battle to the death.
Scripted by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn, the second film in the four part series, based on the best-selling novels of Suzanne Collins, sees Katniss and her new lover Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), participate in the Hunger Games all over again.
Under the looming and menacing shadow of Donald Sutherland’s President Snow, the leader of Panem, Katniss, who has another love interest in the form of Gale (Liam Hemsworth), is sent on a victory tour along with Peeta.
This time the big match is called the Quarter Quell, in which Katniss and Peeta must fight to survive on a simulated island created by a game master who bears an uncanny resemblance to Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Lawrence believes her character has gone from a “hesitant hero, who just wanted to save her family,” to a person tasked with saving people who are depending upon her. For her, such responsibility is a struggle – it is not what she signed up for.
“In Catching Fire,” says the actress, “Katniss becomes very aware of all the people who are watching her, who are depending upon her and all that becomes very real to her. She feels she has to decide between fighting for her family or saving her people.”
Meanwhile, Lawrence enjoyed working alongside Francis Lawrence (no relation), Catching Fire’s director. She credits the filmmaker, who previously directed of the 2011 Reese Witherspoon starrer Water For Elephants and 2007’s I am Legend, with a “huge imagination.”
“He’s good at creating worlds in a way that really resonates. I felt he truly understood the story and he was very freeing to work with.”
Director: Francis Lawrence
Screenwriters: Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn. Based on the novel Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Stanley Tucci
Producers: Nina Jacobson and John Kilik
Image Info: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Copyright © 2013 Lionsgate. All Rights Reserved