Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Return Conditions Discussed By Hunger Games Producer & Director


The Hunger Games franchise producer Nina Jacobson and director Francis Lawrence share what it would take for Jennifer Lawrence to return as Katniss.

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  • Jennifer Lawrence’s return to The Hunger Games is contingent on Suzanne Collins writing another book in the series.
  • While Lawrence expressed interest in returning to her role as Katniss Everdeen, both the franchise producer and director believe Katniss’ story is complete.
  • They would only consider making another movie if there was a thematic idea that made sense for another Katniss story.



Jennifer Lawrence’s potential return to The Hunger Games has certain conditions. Lawrence played heroine Katniss Everdeen in the four Hunger Games movies, which were based on the young adult novel trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins. Although the franchise is returning this month with The Hunger Games Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, based on a 2020 novel by Collins, the movie takes place decades before Katniss’ birth so Lawrence is not set to appear, though in a recent interview she expressed interest in eventually returning to the role.

Yahoo! Entertainment sat down with The Hunger Games franchise producer Nina Jacobson (who has worked on all five movies) and director Francis Lawrence (who has helmed every movie since the second, Catching Fire) in anticipation of the prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. When asked if Lawrence could return in the future, Jacobson said “I think that Suzanne feels that her story is complete,” and they’d only make a movie if she wrote a book. Lawrence chimed in, saying that if that happened, “I’d be in, and then I’m sure Jen would be in.” Read their full quotes below:

Nina Jacobson: If Suzanne has something to say, then she’ll write a book about it.Honestly, as much as I love Katniss, I think her story is complete. And I think that Suzanne feels that her story is complete. But if that changes, and Suzanne has something she wants to say, and it involves Katniss, then I would be thrilled. But really any chance to be back in this world, and lead with Francis and Suzanne, I would take regardless of who it was about. Francis Lawrence: What I’ve always loved is that Suzanne usually writes these things because she has a thematic idea she wants to explore. So I think that if for whatever reason she had some thematic idea that made sense to tell another Katniss story, I’d be in, and then I’m sure Jen would be in. But it really all comes from theme and idea, and Suzanne.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in The Hunger Games

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Source: Yahoo! Entertainment

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