Jennifer Lawrence In a Possible HUNGER GAMES/ X-MEN Conflict

Sequels to both Hunger Games and X-Men:First Class reportedly want to begin shooting at roughly the same time. Find out which studio has the inside track on having the gorgeous Lawrence return to their franchise first.

Hunger Games

Wondering when a sequel to X-Men: First Class begins shooting? Well, according to THR, Fox's highly anticipated sequel to it's surprise Summer 2011 hit will begin shooting this fall. The problem? Star Jennifer Lawrence, who portrayed Mystique, is also scheduled to begin shooting a sequel to Hunger Games this summer and will likely continue filming through the fall.

At first glance, you'd think Lawrence would give preference to Liongate's Hunger Games over an X-Men:First Class sequel as she's the lead in that film but THR reports that, "Fox will win [any conflict]," according to their insider sources. "Their option trumps Lionsgate's option."

Their insiders also say that the studios "are poised to face-off over the 21- year-old's schedule as they move ahead with sequels in their respective franchises." Lionsgate currently has Catching Fire planned to shoot this summer for a November 2013 release, whereas Fox does not yet have a release date nor a "definitive" date to begin shooting. It was previously reported that a sequel to X-Men: First Class would focus on Magneto, however you wonder that with Lawrence's star power growing by the second, whether Fox will increase her role in their X-Men sequel.

A rep for Lawrence stated, "[Both studios]are trying to make accommodations." If a deal can't be worked out, don't be surprise to see Fox and Lionsgate go to war.


X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn and produced by Bryan Singer, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. The fifth installment in the X-Men series, the film acts as a prequel for the X-Men trilogy, being set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It focuses on the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto), and the origin of their groups—the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, respectively. The film stars James McAvoy as Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Lensherr. Other cast members include Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoë Kravitz, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till.

Announced in 2006, First Class entered production in August 2010 and finished in December, with additional photography taking up up to three weeks before the film's premiere in June 2011. Locations included Oxford, the Mojave desert and Georgia, with soundstage work in both Pinewood Studios and the 20th Century Fox stages in Los Angeles. The film received positive reviews and was a box-office success with earnings of $353 million worldwide.

Running Time: 132 minutes
Release Date: 3 June 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Ashley Miller (screenplay), Zack Stentz (screenplay),Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), Sheldon Turner (story) and Bryan Singer (story)

The Hunger Games is an upcoming science fiction action-drama film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson. It will be released on March 21, 2012 in France and some other countries and in the United States on March 23, 2012 both in conventional and in digital IMAX theaters.

Running Time: 142 min
Release Date: 23 March 2012 (USA
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
Directed by: Gary Ross
Written by: Gary Ross (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (screenplay/novel) and Billy Ray (screenplay)

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