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The Hunger Games opened to an astounding $152.5 million this weekend, turning Suzanne Collins’ books into a giant new film franchise. Lionsgate’s sequel, Catching Fire, is already set for release November 22, 2013, so it will need to start filming by the fall. But several of the major cast members from the first film already have other films in the can and new roles lined up in the intervening months. Here’s what Katniss and crew are up to next.
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen)
Lawrence, 21, next has the horror thriller House at the End of the Street, which was filmed in the fall of 2010 around the same time as her role in X-Men: First Class, hitting theaters in September through Relativity. In it, she plays a woman who moves with her divorced mother to a new town colored by a dark secret. After that, in November, she stars with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in David O. Russell’s adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook for the Weinstein Co. The actress begins production in April on the period drama Serena with director Susanne Bier at 2929 Productions, and will likely return for an in-the-works sequel to First Class at Fox.
Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne)
The Australian Hemsworth, 22, has Lionsgate’s The Expendables 2 opening in August, when he’ll man up opposite old-timers Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and Dolph Lundgren. He is attached to several other projects, including Dito Montiel’s latest crime drama, Empire State, and a version of Arabian Nights at FilmDistrict.
Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark)
Hutcherson, 19, is likely to return for a third Journey to the Center of the Earth at New Line, but his next film in theaters will be the horror film Detention, a SXSW 2011 premiere that will hit theaters in early April. After that, he stars in Red Dawn, the long-delayed action remake that Open Road Films will release in November.
Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket)
One of the busiest actresses working, Banks, 38, quickly follows Hunger Games with the ensemble pregnancy comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting from Lionsgate May 18, the drama People Like Us from DreamWorks/Disney in late June and the 2011 Sundance acquisition The Details from the Weinstein Co. in September. She also has a number of projects set up as a producer, including the singing comedy Pitch Perfect, which is in post-production at Universal.
Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy)
Harrelson, 50, has already shot In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh’s follow-up Seven Psychopaths at CBS Films, though it doesn’t yet have a release date. He’s now filming the heist thriller Now You See Me for Summit with Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg. That film is scheduled to hit theaters in January 2013.
Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen)
The 11-year-old Shields will next appear in an episode of the upcoming third season of The Hub’s spooky anthology series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
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