Lionsgate featured The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the studio’s 2013 Comic-Con panel, where it premiered a new trailer for the hotly-anticipated sequel (no pun intended). Director Francis Lawrence took the stage to introduce the new footage at the ‘Con, accompanied by cast members Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and the Hunger Games franchise’s starlet: Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Catching Fire picks up not so long after the first film, as the newly-crowned Hunger Games “winners” – Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) – struggle with post-traumatic stress, as a result of what happened to them in the Battle Arena. The pair must now keep up the illusion of being a couple, in order to please the Capitol as they embark upon a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.

However, it turns out that the duo are but lambs being prepped for the slaughter, thanks to the scheme cooked up by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the newly-instated Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), in order to smother the growing rebellion around Panem: use the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) to wipe out all of the previous Hunger Games champions, as a symbolic gesture to keep the poorer districts in line.

Catching Fire looks and feels much bigger than its predecessor; not just in terms of the stakes, but also because the film was partially shot in the IMAX format (as you may’ve noticed, certain shots in the new trailer have a different aspect ratio). From a pure action-filmmaking perspective, Lawrence appears to have done a nice job making everything that happens in the Hunger Games universe feel larger and more majestic in the sequel, when compared to the more intimate style of the first movie (which befit the story it was telling).

Oscar-winning screenwriters Michael Arndt (Oblivion) – who is credited as Michael DeBruyn – and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) co-wrote Catching Fire, based on Suzanne Collins’ source novel. The dialogue and story choices presented in the trailers so far seem rock-solid, which hopefully means that the film adaptation will be just as good (if not better) than the book which inspired it.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in regular and select IMAX theaters on November 22nd, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies