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‘Hunger Games’ Stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson Moving to Old West in ‘By Way of Helena’

Hemsworth and Harrelson are in talks to join the revenge Western drama

Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson are close to signing on for Kieran Darcy-Smith’s revenge Western “By Way of Helena,” an individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap.

The “Hunger Games” co-stars will play foes in the 1880s set thriller from writer Matt Cook, which sees Hemsworth as David Kingston, a Texas Ranger sent to an isolated frontier town called Helena to investigate a series of bodies that keep washing up on its shores. Harrelson will play Abraham Brant, the town’s preacher who has its citizens in a cult-like grasp.

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Filming is expected to begin in the fall, before Hemsworth and Harrelson begin their promotional duties for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” in which they play Gale and Haymitch, respectively, opposite Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.

“By Way of Helena” joins a growing list of movies in production that center around violent confrontations amongst dangerous characters in a Western setting. Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” is probably the most high profile, but there’s also Gavin O’Connor’s “Jane Got a Gun” starring Natalie Portman awaiting release, Ti West’s “In the Valley of Violence,” which is now filming, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” which is also aiming for a fall start.

2015 is definitely gearing up to be the year of the revenge Western.

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