Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth for western-thriller

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
July 2nd, 2014

Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth are to star in 'By Way of Helena'.

'The Hunger Games' co-stars have signed up to star in the upcoming revenge western-thriller, which will be directed by Australian filmmaker Kieran Darcy-Smith from a script by Matt Cook, Deadline reports.

Hemsworth will play the role of David, an 1880s Texas Ranger sent to an isolated frontier town to investigate a series of mysterious murders, while Harrelson will take on the part of the local preacher named Abraham, who holds the townsfolk in a fearful grip.

Although Hemsworth and Harrelson both star in 'The Hunger Games' franchise, their characters - Gale Hawthorne and Haymitch Abernathy - never share the screen and therefore this will be the first time the pair work together so closely.

Aside from the next instalment of the series - which is based on the novels of the same name by Suzanne Collins - Harrelson has been starring in HBO's 'True Detective' and is set to appear in crime thriller 'Triple Nine'.

Filming on 'By Way of Helena' - which will be produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman - is scheduled to begin in September, before Hemsworth and Harrelson begin promoting the November release of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'.