"The Hunger Games" has been dubbed as the next potential big franchise after the "Twilight Saga". Both share similar romance and fantasy genre and are adapted from best-selling novel series. However, "Hunger Games" lead actress Jennifer Lawrence insisted that it is too early to speculate if her highly anticipated film will be as successful as the Kristen Stewart-starring film series.
Commenting on the comparison people made between "Hunger Games" and the "Twilight Saga", the Katniss Everdeen of Suzanne Collins' novel adaptation told Vanity Fair, "I try not to think too much about it." She added, " 'Hunger Games' is not 'Twilight', and while I hear the comparisons, it's really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon."
"I'm so proud of the work we did on the film, Gary and the entire cast and crew were amazing, and I can't wait for it to be brought to life because I think it's an important story," added the actress who plays Ree Dolly in "Winter's Bone". "If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I'll soak up my freedom now!"
When asked how she first got involved in the Gary Ross-directed film, Jennifer answered, "I had read the books before I even knew I would be auditioning for the movie, and was a huge fan of the material. Actually, my mom read them first and I thought it was an incredible role and the story. She did the same thing with 'Winter's Bone', so she must be a clairvoyant, or just has really great taste."
The 21-year-old actress additionally described her heroine character in the film as saying, "Katniss is an incredible character: she's a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who's being forced into the arena. These kids are killing one another only because if they don't they'll die. It's needless, pointless, unjustified violence. It's heartbreaking."
"When I auditioned, I told Gary, 'I understand if you don't hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass'," she continued. "So there's nothing cool about her. It's not like she looks around the arenas and goes, Yeah, I got this. I think she looks around helplessly, and thinks, I made a promise to my sister that I would survive; now I have to kill in order to do so."
"The Hunger Games" also stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Katniss' comrades, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne respectively. It is scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on March 23, 2012, while its follow-up "Catching Fire" is set for a November 22, 2013 release.