Am I the only one who geeks out over cool motion posters?
You may remember that after watching the first Hunger Games movie last year, I had a few questions about characters and how the city of Panem became what it was (I also wondered why Katniss was so perplexed about which guy she'd choose, when Gale is clearly the hotter one, but that question was less important...I suppose).
Since then I've devoured all three books in author Suzanne Collins' series, which may have a YA slant but I found myself captivated by each tale's political themes and pop culture commentary. So, as you can imagine, I waited with baited breath for the first look at the film adaptation of the second series, CATCHING FIRE. With director Francis Lawrence taking the reigns from Gary Ross (who directed the first film), I didn't know what to expect (I find it hard to trust a guy who directed the pitiful I am Legend). Simon Beaufoy (Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine) penned the script, which should make this that much more interesting.
But, you know what? The trailer looks a-mazing. The sheer tension, dilapidated landscape and flamboyant costumes add to the heavy tone of the book. The gravity of Katniss (Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta's (Josh Hutcherson) fateful situation becomes even more dire (as wonderfully depicted in the clip below), and we get to see shady characters Plutarch (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, perfectly cast) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) hard at work. Along with newcomer to the project, Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone and Sam Claflin join the cast as young assassins Johanna and Finnick with Jeffrey Wright as Beetee, a contestant from another district. Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Woody Harrelson also reprise their roles as stylist Cinna, District 12 (Panem) coordinator Effie, game host Caesar and the sullen yet useful Haymitch (respectively).
Judging by the trailer, it looks like they remain very true to the book as well, even capturing the small but poignant scene with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) getting whipped in the central. The only thing I question is the military scenes present in the clip. From what I recall (and please correct me if I'm wrong; it's been a few months since I've read the book), the military aspect was introduced in the third book, Mockingjay, not the second book. So maybe the scenes shown here are just a a prelude? I'm not sure.
Anyway, in case you're unfamiliar with CATCHING FIRE, here's an official synopsis:
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). 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 (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Anyone else excited? CATCHING FIRE hits theaters November 22nd.