This is the first real trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The only trailer we have seen before this was just a tease of The Hunger Games emblem changing into the Catching Fire emblem with no footage from the film. This trailer premiered on Sunday at the MTV Movie Awards.
The trailer shows a portion of the Victory Tour of Katniss and Peeta as they tour the districts after their win at the Hunger Games. We also see the conniving President Snow having a discussion with Plutarch Heavensbee, plotting the destruction of Katniss. The trailer only shows about the first third of the book. The last two-thirds is about something that is hinted at at the end of the trailer–plotting the downfall of all of the victors. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you have not read the second book, get on it (and don’t read the synopsis of the film either). I think the second book was my favorite.
The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Sam Clafin, Toby Jones, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. There are many, many more characters in this film compared to the last, and they are not all just kids this time.
Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt wrote the screenplay. Author Suzanne Collins wrote the first film’s screenplay, but has stepped back from that role. Francis Lawrence took over the directing role from Gary Ross. Lawrence has already been tapped to direct the last book’s film adaptations, which will be split into two films.
“THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opens on November 22, 2013.”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is in theatres November 22, 2013.
by Sarah Ksiazek