Get to Know Hunger Games Sequel Director Francis Lawrence

To all fans of The Hunger Games, Vanity Fair featured Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence on their site. Here are some interesting things about the new director of The Hunger Games sequel.

Sign: AriesHometown: Los Angeles (after moving from Austria at the age of three)

Film Pedigree: Since graduating from film school at Loyola Marymount, Lawrence has directed three feature films: Constantine (2005), I Am Legend (2007), and Water for Elephants (2011).

Biggest Budget/Box-Office Success: I Am Legend, the Will Smith sci-fi drama, which reportedly had a $150 million budget and grossed more than $585 million worldwide.

Music-Video Career: Before breaking into the film industry, Lawrence directed more than 60 music videos for artists including Justin Timberlake (“Cry Me a River”), Britney Spears (“I’m a Slave 4 U”), Jennifer Lopez (“Jenny from the Block”), and Beyoncé (“Run the World”). In 2011, he won a Grammy for directing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” music video.

Commercial Résumé: Coca-Cola, Calvin Klein, Maybelline, Bud Light, and many more.

Oscar-Winning Praise: In 2005, Academy Award–winning A Beautiful Mindscreenwriter Akiva Goldsman said of Lawrence, “Contrary to what you might expect about Francis’ background, he’s a very story-oriented and very character-oriented fellow.”

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