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Josh Hutcherson has a long road ahead of him in "The Hunger Games," but he's staying plenty busy in between trips back to Panem. The latest project he's tossed on his to-do pile is a thriller called "Ape," which he'll both star in and produce. It's described as "a dramatic tale of a young man's struggle with mental illness, love, and a deep-rooted family secret."

It will be interesting to see if Hutcherson's rising star can bring attention to a small indie film like this. The script is from newcomer Jon Johnstone, and it will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, whose most high-profile movie has been "Repo Men" with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Although Hutcherson has been acting steadily for the past decade or so, he really made people sit up and notice him in 2010's "The Kids Are All Right." He'd done drama before, but not for anything that snagged as much attention as that Oscar season favorite. "The Hungers Games" has been his breakout role, and he's got three more of those coming down the pipeline. (Lionsgate announced last summer that the last book in the trilogy, "Mockingjay," will be split into two parts, to be released in 2014 and 2015.)

Hutcherson's current project is "Paradise Lost," a drama that stars Benicio Del Toro. Hutcherson plays a surfer named Nick who falls for the kingpin's niece. Brady Corbet from "Simon Killer" is on board as Nick's brother.

There's currently no start date for "Ape," but we'll keep you posted on all of Peeta's moves.

[via The Wrap]