The Oscar winner's first challenge will be adapting journalist Raffi Khatchadourian's 2012 New Yorker article, which details a secret chemical weapons testing programme run by the U.S. Army in the 1960s.

"I've signed on to direct something called Project Delirium - it's based on this article about mental warfare in the '60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong," Jennifer tells Entertainment Weekly. "It's funny, I've wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn't have been ready. Now I actually feel ready."

The Hunger Games star, 25, also shared her hopes to expand her resume to other genres.

"I'd also like to direct a comedy," she adds. "I have wanted to direct as long as I've wanted to act. I just don't talk about it because I'd rather just do it."

Jennifer already has a similar role in the works - she's writing a screenplay with Trainwreck star Amy Schumer for a comedy in which they play sisters.