Fans of “The Hunger Games,” the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, were treated to a sneak peak of the film during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the movie, introduced the exclusive footage of “The Hunger Games” shown at the MTV VMAs. Lawrence was not at the awards show but filming.
“I wish I could be at the VMAs in person, but I’m in North Carolina filming ‘The Hunger Games,’ ” Lawrence said. “Like so many of you, I’m a huge fan of these books, and I can’t wait to share the movie with you in March. Here’s the first glimpse of ‘The Hunger Games.’ “
As predicted, the first official clip – a short teaser if not full trailer – focused on Katniss, alone, in the middle of the Hunger Games. While light on plot, the clip suggests the film’s intense action sequences as Katniss runs through the forest, dodges fire explosions and wields her bow, firing an arrow into the film’s logo which appears.
Meanwhile, the voiceover, voiced by Katniss’ best friend Gale, tells her, “You’re stronger than they are.” Collectively, the sneak peak points to Katniss’ identity as a hunter and the Hunger Games as a spectacle she might be able to manipulate.
Watch the “The Hunger Games” trailer or see some photos from the film.
In using the MTV VMAs to promote the film, “The Hunger Games” is following “Harry Potter”and “Twlight” in screening footage of upcoming movies during the show.
“The Hunger Games” is based on Collins’ YA dystopian novel, part of a trilogy. Like the novel, the movie is set in the post-apocalyptic North American nation of Panem. Panem holds nationally televised games in which teenage tributes from each district compete to kill the competition and emerge the victor.
The movie’s tagline? “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
“The Hunger Games” is directed by Gary Ross, best known for “Seabiscuit” and “Pleasantville”. In addition to Lawrence’s Katniss, the movie stars Josh Hutcherson as fellow tribute Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. “The Hunger Games” also features Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman.
“The Hunger Games” is scheduled for theatrical release March 23, 2012. The movie will be rated PG-13, which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has raised as a possible issue in staying true to the book.
The movie’s sequel “Catching Fire” is already scheduled for Nov. 22, 2013 release.
When the film is released, Pittsburgh movie-goers can expect to see “The Hunger Games” play at the AMC Loews Waterfront 22, purchasing tickets online at Fandango, as well as be screened at SouthSide Works Cinemaand Waterworks Cinema 10.