Gary Ross ditched out "The Hunger Games" franchise while it was still a way hot commodity, leaving the seat toasty warm for director Francis Lawrence to slide in and helm "Catching Fire" and both installments to "Mockingjay."
Ross declared that it was the tight turnaround schedule for movie two which turned him around from wanting to handle the sequel at all, but he never stopped singing the praises of his leading lady Jennifer Lawrence (because obviously).
J.Law herself is a known director loyalist, so if you're one of those who totally hearted the Ross/Lawrence combo pack — yeah, we saw that tribute video — you're doubly in luck because it looks the duo'll team up again for not one but two other book-to-screen adaptations.
Deadline reports that J.Law has been plucked to star in both of Ross' newest projects, "East of Eden" and "Burial Rites."
"East of Eden," of course, stems from the classic John Steinbeck book which is supposedly Ross' very fave American novel, and in it Lawrence will star as Cathy Ames (the part which earned Jo Van Fleet an Oscar in Elia Kazan's 1955 adaptation). She is the mean-spirited mother of two boys warring for their father's affection in the Cain and Abel redux, and the intent is to begin rolling on "Eden" after she finishes shooting for "Mockingjay: Part 1" and "Mockingjay: Part 2."
Meanwhile, Ross also wants his Katniss on board for the adaptation of Hannah Kent's debut novel "Burial Rites," the story of a 19th Century Icelandic woman accused of murder and sentenced to await her execution at an isolated farm.
So, no softballs coming in this reunion game, then, for the Oscar-winning actress.