Lionsgate officially taps thesp for franchise

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star as Katniss in Gary Ross’ “Hunger Games” for Lionsgate.

Gary Ross will direct from a script by Billy Ray and Suzanne Collins.

“Hunger Games,” based on the novel by Collins, is set in a dystopian future where a young woman joins a survival contest to save her community. Nina Jacobson is producing through her Color Force shingle, with the pic set to go into production sometime later in the year.

Lawrence is repped by CAA.

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