Lawrence signs on to direct both Mockingjay films

Catching Fire helmsman will sit in the director's chair for two-part final installment of the Hunger Games series

Director Francis Lawrence will direct both of the final films in the 'Hunger Games' series, it has emerged.

Lawrence is currently making the first sequel, 'Catching Fire', but has now also signed on for 'Mockingjay', which will be split into two parts.

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Hunger Games... Lawrence will direct final Mockingjay films (Copyright: Lionsgate)

'Catching Fire' is not due until November 22, 2013, while the 'Mockingjay' jobs will take Lawrence into 2015.

Gary Ross, who directed the first, highly-acclaimed film in the series bowed out after one jaunt, feeling that the time-frame set by film studio Lionsgate was too tight.

“Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct 'Catching Fire',” he said.

“As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.”

'Catching Fire' will see the return of heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) in the fighting arena, after President Snow (Donald Sutherland) announces that the next games will be made up of previous victors.

Among the cast will be Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and Toby Jones all reprising roles, along with newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone and Amanda Plummer.