Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence will earn around $10m (£6.4m) for reprising her role in the sci-fi blockbuster’s upcoming sequel, Catching Fire, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s bestselling young adult trilogy, is being rewarded by studio Lionsgate after the first film made a hugely impressive $683.8m at the global box office earlier this year. It has only just been surpassed by The Dark Knight Rises as the second highest grossing film of 2012 so far.
Lawrence was reportedly paid just $500,000 plus bonuses for her turn in The Hunger Games, but the studio recognises that an upgrade is necessary despite having already contracted the Oscar-nominated actor for four films. Co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are getting far more meagre wage rises, suggesting that Lawrence is recognised as the franchise’s key figure.
Catching Fire starts shooting in September with Water for Elephants director Francis Lawrence taking over from Gary Ross, a controversial shift fostered by the latter’s refusal to adopt a time frame for the sequel which suited the studio’s desire for a quick return to multiplexes. Lionsgate has also announced plans to shoot the final instalment in Collins’s triptych, Mockingjay, as two separate movies.
Elsewhere, Lawrence is not the only one cashing in on The Hunger Games’ success. US store Target is to sell a replica 14-carat gold “Mockingjay” pin similar to the one worn by Everdeen in the film for a whopping $999. For those who cannot afford such prices, a replica of her leather hunting jacket will go on sale for just $349, or you can pick up a lithograph signed by 10 of the film’s leading castmembers for $699. Only 100 of each sale item will be available to purchase.
Earlier this week it was announced that US actor Lynn Cohen, best known for her role as Magda in the TV series Sex and the City, is to join the cast of Catching Fire as Mags, an 80-year-old woman who finds herself returning to the Hunger Games arena after decades away.
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