My skeptical mind, which sees conspiracy everywhere, might think that it’s no coincidence that Lionsgate has released a new teaser poster as well as the first official image for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on the day after its star Jennifer Lawrence was awarded the Best Actress (in a Musical or Comedy) Golden Globe, but something tells me that the audience for this new movie doesn’t really care if she’s earned awards for another film. They want to know about this one.
Lawrence is, of course, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen We were given a motion poster way back in November for this sequel to 2012’s highest grossing film, but we haven’t seen a lot since.
“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.”
Returning for the sequel are Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Melark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinnket, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy. Newcomers include Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Philiip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Amanda Plummer as Wiress.
At the helm is Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants) who’s already been signed for the two part finale, Hunger Games: Mockingjay- part one and part 2, which should get them pumped out faster. The script is by Simon Beaufoy (who collaborated with Danny Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire for which he won an Oscar and 127 Hours for which he was nominated), along with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine – for which HE won an Oscar, Toy Story 3 and for which HE was nominated.) Arndt is also writing the next Star Wars movie as well. I guess we can expect a good script!
We’ll be bringing you updates until November 22, when Hunger Games: Catching Fire is released in the US and the UK.