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Francis Lawrence to direct Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence directs I Am Legend

Story by Jack Foley

FRANCIS Lawrence has been named as the new director of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.

The filmmaker is previously best known for Will Smith starrer I Am Legend and Water For Elephants.

He replaces Gary Ross, who departed the sequel citing time constraints.

The stars of the original movie have been quick to welcome the new director, with Josh Hutcherson leading the welcome party.

Speaking at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, where he received the Vanguard award, the young actor said: “I’m excited to meet him. I’ve heard amazing things about him, so it’s gonna be a fun ride.”

Commenting on his own honour, which he received for helping to increase the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community, Hutcherson added: “Getting awards for acting is one thing, but getting awards for trying to actually make a difference in the community – that means so much more to me.”

The 19-year-old has lent his support to ally organization Straight But Not Narrow and has remained outspoken about equality ever since co-starring as the son of a lesbian couple in 2010’s critically acclaimed The Kids Are All Right, which took home the GLAAD Award for outstanding feature, wide release.

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