11:29am PT by Rebecca Ford
Jennifer Lawrence: 'Hunger Games Is Not Twilight'
The comparisons should be expected – both Twilight and The Hunger Games are films based on much-beloved books. Both feature sci-fi, romance, adventure and fantasy. Both star an attractive cast.
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So Lionsgate’s highly-anticipated film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, may not come out until March 2012, but there are already comparisons to Summit’s vampire epic. Many expect The Hunger Games -- based on the books by Suzanne Collins -- to reach the same level of phenomenon as the Twilight films.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence made clear that it was too early to predict the success level of the film.
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“Hunger Games is not Twilight, and while I hear the comparisons, it’s really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon,” she said in an interview with the magazine.
“I’m so proud of the work we did on the film — Gary and the entire cast and crew were amazing, and I can’t wait for it to be brought to life because I think it’s an important story,” she continued. “If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I’ll soak up my freedom now!”
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Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl living in a futuristic North America – called Panem -- that has been divided into 13 Districts. The government, a.k.a. The Capitol, holds a yearly fight-to-the-death tournament in which two candidates from each District must fight. When Katniss volunteers to fight in the tournament in order to save her younger sister from having to compete, she and her fellow District 12 tribute (played by Josh Hutcherson) must find a way to survive the televised deadly competition.