Possible end of adventure for ‘Hunger Games’ stars

Cast of film series would be happy to return onscreen if new novels surface


Reuters November 07, 2015
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LONDON: The stars of The Hunger Games may be bidding farewell to the hugely successful film franchise, but should author Suzanne Collins decide to write a spin-off, some of the cast say they would be keen to continue the adventure.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 brings to an end the films which have grossed more than $2 billion at box offices worldwide and are based on Collins’ dystopian trilogy. Though no further Hunger Games novels are in the pipeline, several actors said they would be happy to return if new material arose.

“I wish she’d (Collins) write 20 more books,” Woody Harrelson, who plays Haymitch stated at the London Mockingjay - Part 2 premiere on Thursday night. “I’d do these forever, I love it,” she added.

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Josh Hutcherson, who plays the troubled Peeta Mellark in the last film, echoed Harrelson’s comments. “If (Collins) wrote something that she felt needed to be told and Peeta was a part of it, I absolutely would jump in,” he said.

Elizabeth Banks who has become a fan favourite for her role as Effie Trinket added, “Sure, I love this character. I love what she represents and how big her heart got over the course of the films and her style. She’s had a great influence on me.”

Since she first played the charter of Katniss Everdeen in 2012, Jennifer Lawrence has won an Oscar and was the world’s highest-paid female actor last year. In the latest movie, Lawrence reprises her role as Everdeen and takes a last stand against dictator President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland.

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“I would definitely read it,” Lawrence said when asked if Collins were to produce new material. Numerous past box office hits have recently been re-booted or seen spin-offs made, including several superhero movies as well as an adaptation of Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

However, Hollywood veteran Sutherland said the Hunger Games films should be remembered for their message. “I think it would be a terrible mistake,” he said. “This was designed to politicize young people, not to make profit.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2015.

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