Preview: First 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' trailer

Earlier this morning at the MTV Movie Awards, fans across the world were afforded an exclusive look at the first trailer for Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the sequel to Gary Ross' hugely successful dystopian teen sci-fi. Based upon the middle book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire sees the plucky Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), joint-winner of the 74th annual 'Hunger Games' - a gladiatorial fight to the death - struggling to come to terms with the brutality she has witnessed. Now a symbol for a growing uprising among the oppressed citizens of Panem (a post-apocalyptic United States), Katniss becomes a target for President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Though not yet shown in preview footage, what we do know is that Katniss, along with District 12 companion Petta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), will at some point be thrown back into another Hunger Games for the 'Quarter Quell': a special edition of the bloody contest held every 25 years, where 24 past winners go head-to-head in a fight for survival. What this first trailer is more concerned about, however, is illustrating just how Everdeen's previous heroics have helped to ignite a revolution within the beleaguered districts.

Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his franchise debut as Quarter Quell Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, with Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman) and Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen) all return in familiar guises. We're still yet to get our first real look at some of Katniss' fellow Quarter Quell competitor's - including Sam Claflin's Adonis-like Finnick Odair - but with a November release date already pencilled in, there's still plenty of time for studio Lionsgate to really have fun with their latest marketing campaign.

Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is released in UK cinemas on 22 November, 2013.

Daniel Green


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