‘Catching Fire’ Countdown: What To Watch While You Wait

With the 'Hunger Games' sequel more than a year away, here's where you can catch its stars in the meantime.
By Amy Wilkinson

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games"
Photo: Lionsgate

November 23, 2013, is just a year and a half away, but it might as well be a lifetime from now considering how antsy we are to feast on "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire." Progress is no doubt beginning on the follow-up (director Francis Lawrence was confirmed last week by Lionsgate), but there's still much to be done before the film is big-screen ready for next, next Thanksgiving. In the meantime, we'll pass the torturous days and months by gripping our Peeta pillow extra tight and gorging on the stars' slew of interim offerings—Jennifer Lawrence and her Panem peeps are in-demand actors, after all! Here's your guide to the actors' upcoming projects:

Jennifer Lawrence
If only Lawrence could swipe Katniss' bow and arrow for use in her horror flick "The House at the End of the Street," out September 21. Lawrence plays a teen who moves next door to a home where a grisly murder took place. She befriends the surviving son and, well, things don't go so well for her after that.

Two months later, Lawrence will appear alongside Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in the big-screen adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel "The Silver Linings Playbook." She reportedly plays a widow trying to seduce Cooper's character, who has recently been released from a mental institution.

The Cooper coupling will continue with the period drama "Serena" (a role originally intended for Angelina Jolie), after the thriller "Devil You Know" makes its debut.

Josh Hutcherson
After bonding with Liam on the set of "The Hunger Games," Hutcherson will star alongside the other Hemsworth brother in the November 21 release "Red Dawn," which finds a group of teenagers trying to protect their town from invading North Korean soldiers.

The baker's son has a couple of other projects in the pipeline (neither of which have official release dates), but keep an eye out for "7 Days in Havana" and "The Forger."

Liam Hemsworth
The younger Hemsworth will flex his action muscles throughout the rest of 2012 and into the new year. First up is "AWOL" (scheduled for release sometime this year), which follows a Vietnam soldier who defects to win back the love of his life. The film co-stars Teresa Palmer, Aimee Teegarden and Chris Lowell.

If that doesn't sound harrowing enough, Hemsworth will team up with every action star ever (read: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris) for the splashy sequel "The Expendables 2," out August 17. His list of in-the-works flicks also includes "Paranoia," "Timeless" and "Arabian Nights."

Elizabeth Banks
Fans won't have to wait long to see Elizabeth Banks grace the silver screen once again. The bubbly blond dons a pregnancy belly for next week's "What to Expect When You're Expecting," based on the iconic self-help book. (That woman loves her some adaptations, huh?)

Shortly after (June 29, to be exact), Banks will portray long-lost sister to Chris Pine, who must find his secret sibling to deliver a $150,000 inheritance in the film "People Like Us."

Woody Harrelson
The word "eclectic" comes to mind when summing up Woody Harrelson's CV — and it's not an ill-advised adjective to describe his list of upcoming projects either. "Seven Psychopaths," out in limited release November 2, follows a struggling screenwriter who gets caught up in the criminal underworld after his weird friend kidnaps a mobster's dog.

Then there's 2013's "Now You See Me," in which a group of illusionists pull heists as part of their act and give the spoils to their audiences. (Uh, do you guys need extras?) The January release co-stars Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman.

Which of "The Hunger Games" stars' other upcoming projects are you excited about? Sound off in the comments below and tweet me @amymwilk with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!

Earlier 'Hunger Games' columns
+ Francis Lawrence's 'Catching Fire' To-Do List
+ 'Fifty Shades Of Grey': What's In It For 'Hunger Games' Fans?
+ 'Catching Fire': Five Reasons To Be Stoked
+ 'Catching Fire' Director: Who Could Carry The Torch?
+ 'Hunger Games' Postmortem: Five Lessons For 'Catching Fire'

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