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The Hunger Games could change Hollywood’s attitude to female characters says Avengers Assemble filmmaker Joss Whedon


22 April 2012

While his eagerly anticipated ensemble superhero film Avengers Assemble is just days away from its UK release, prolific filmmaker Joss Whedon has spoken out about The Hunger Games, suggesting that the Jennifer Lawrence starring franchise could change Hollywood's attitude to female characters.

Whedon is no stranger to bringing women to the forefront on screen, since he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the mid 90's and speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at an anniversary celebration for women's rights organisation Equality Now, he mentioned The Hunger Games when responding to a question about writing strong women saying "I think female characters have been peripheral for a long time, and I think The Hunger Games is about to change that in a big way.

I really like the film, it's my kind of thing. And more important, I like what it's doing, which is millions."

It was reported that the sequel to The Hunger Games entitled Catching Fire is close to securing Francis Lawrence as its director following the departure of Gary Ross.

As for Whedon, his Avengers Assemble starring Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Jenny Agutter.

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