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Jennifer Lawrence Rules Herself Out Of Hunger Games Prequels

Jennifer Lawrence is ruling herself out of starring in a prequel to The Hunger Games franchise, insisting it is "too soon" to expand the movie series.

The Silver Linings Playbook actress starred as Katniss Everdeen in four films, based on three books by Suzanne Collins, and the franchise came to a close with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, which was released in November.

Although the source material has now run out, Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns recently hinted studio bosses would be exploring new storylines, including a project based on Katniss' backstory.

However, Jennifer has distanced herself from the prequel plan, insisting movie chiefs should not be discussing a new direction for the franchise less than a month after its final outing.

"I wouldn't be involved," Jennifer tells Variety.com. "I think it's too soon. They've got to let the body get cold, in my opinion."

Following the release of the final instalment, author Suzanne wrote a letter thanking Jennifer and the rest of the cast, including Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, for bringing her characters to life.

"There's no Hunger Games without Katniss," Suzanne wrote. "I hoped for someone good enough, and I got someone who exceeded all my expectations. Jennifer Lawrence, your emotional depth, luminous presence, and sheer power carry this story and I will always be grateful to you for opening the door and allowing it to come into your life.

"And for the rest of the cast, if I had a chance, who would I replace in these films? No one. I don't think there's a weak link in the chain, and what an exquisite chain it is. I still can't believe half of you came on board. You blow me away with your ability to bring out the humanity of these characters from under outlandish wigs, while fighting lizard mutts, pumped with tracker jacker serum, waging war and so much more. Thank you for volunteering for the Games and inhabiting these characters with such texture, colour, humour and pain."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 topped the U.S. box office chart for a fourth week over the weekend

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