‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Images: Katniss, Finnick, Gale, Peeta, Haymitch & More [Re-Updated]

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One of the most anticipated films of 2013 is no doubt The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the adaptation of the second novel in author Suzanne Collins’ bestselling YA trilogy.

There have been some big changes behind the camera (Hunger Games director Gary Ross has been replaced by Constantine director Francis Lawerence), but today’s Catching Fire image – featuring Katniss Everdeen and fan-favorite character Finnick Odair – suggests that the general look and aesthetic of the first film seems to be intact in the sequel – for better or worse.

Check out Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Finnick (SWATH star Sam Claflin) on the cover of EW:

Catching Fire picks up in the aftermath of the first film, with Katniss struggling to return to normal life in her rundown mining district home – albeit cushioned by the wealth of her Hunger Games winnings. However, the powers that be in the capital have not forgotten the sparks of rebellion lit by the “Girl on Fire,” and with the upcoming 75th Hunger Games, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) sees an opportunity to use the “celebratory” occasion to enact vengeance on Katniss in the worst way possible: by returning her to the arena.

Fans of the book will likely fill your ear with word on Finnick Odair, a previous winner of the Games who went on to become a famous celebrity playboy. Finnick hails from the maritime lands of District 4 – hence the trident he carries in the picture. Actor Sam Claflin has been a handsomely forgettable face in films like Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and Snow White and the Huntsman – it remains to be seen if Hunger Games fans embrace the actor as Finnick – let alone the interpretation of the character as seen in this EW image.

Hunger Games Katniss and Peeta Training Outfits 570x380 Hunger Games: Catching Fire Images: Katniss, Finnick, Gale, Peeta, Haymitch & More [Re Updated]

Katniss and Peeta in ‘The Hunger Games’

Personally, the Running Man-style jumpsuits in this image are more off-putting to me than the suits in the first film. Claflin in particular looks silly to me. I understand that this is an airbrushed magazine still image – and that this is a film adaptation, where everything gets a polish-job; I just hope that Francis Lawrence isn’t afraid to get a little more gritty (and steady-handed) with the action this time around – especially since the battle sequences in Catching Fire are being fought by more adult combatants.

With Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Star Wars 7) handling the script, we expect that there will at least be some stirring drama to go with the harder (more visible) action. Hopefully the sequel delivers more improvements than disappointments.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be in theaters on November 22, 2013.

Source: EW

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  1. It should be noted that in the books it’s explained that every 25 years is a “special” hunger game (i forget the official name) which was all decided, written, and sealed when the current government structure took hold. So technically Snow has nothing to do with sending Katniss back to the games, just a lucky coincidence for him. Hopefully the actual movie will reflect that, but i can see Hollywood changing it seeings how it makes Snow seem more vengeful and vengeance seems to be the theme in big blockbusters lately.

    But either way i look forward to this. Day 1 viewing if not midnight screening.

    • Quarter Quell

    • It was implied in the book that Snow intentionally changed it…

    • He picked it to be that previous people had to gp back in. You didn’t get that from the threat he made?

    • The envelopes were changed by the head game maker (forgotten his name)in the deleted scene (look up “The Hunger Games deleted scenes” on youtube and you’ll figure out what I mean!!)

  2. Further to your mention of the envelopes being sealed years ago, I got the impression that in the book Snow had tampered with the Quarter Quell envelopes to ensure Katniss went back in for the next Games.

    • Agreed. They insinuate that Snow may have tampered with the Quarter Quell to get Katniss back in the arena. I would say it’s assumed he DID.

      • Agreed

      • It has been awhile since I read em. I don’t remember it ever being implied that Snow tampered with envelopes since they were supposedly sealed until the official announcement was made. I’ll have to go back and re-read it and see what else I might’ve missed…

        • At the end of the Victory Tour, Katniss looks to Snow and asks him if she convinced him her love of Peeta was real, and Snow looked disappointed. I took that as confirmation that she failed in subduing the simmering rebellion, and that she’ll face the consequences he promises her at the beginning of the story.

          It’s no coincidence that the 3rd Quarter Quell forces her to go back. He needed a way to kill her off without being direct about it, so he didn’t create a martyr. Of course the Victors knew that though, thus the events that happen afterwards.

          • I thought Snow made the quarter quell rules state that one living female and one living male winner from each district be entered into the lottery. Since Katniss was the only female winner from 12, she was automatically in, and then it was between Peeta and the drunk, and it just so happened that Peeta got selected. I may be wrong…

            • True that, Quarter Quell rules states that each district must send one male and one female winner. Though Haymitch was selected till Peeta volunteered to replace him.

              • back in the book, it was heymitch (the drunk) that got selected.. peeta volunteered as the tribute..

                :)

  3. And the wetsuit-esque jumpsuits make sense, considering the arena is water-locked tropical island

  4. What I can’t understand (well, “somewhat” understand, considering all the money this franchise made) is why they keep considering this series as the next “Twilight” in some tabloids when in fact, it’s so much more than a lovey-dovey triangle with Katniss/Gale/Peeta at the helm. The Hunger Games, as it was writen, makes me believe this was intended as critisism about reality shows that dives head-deep in sensationalism and an Orwell-like sci-fi class warfare series (just looking at the people of Panem… how jaded they are). As a fan of sci-fi, for the studios to make this series especially appealing to the fans of Twilight, to me, is flat-out ridiculous.

  5. Is that “trident” showing 4 points, or is it just 3? I can’t tell from the photo angle. I’ve never read the books so I’m not sure if the character used a trident and this is the films rendition of it…

    • Hard to tell, but looking at the larger image it looks like it’s three points but the middle point is sort of split.

  6. Always imagined Finnick to be a little bit older than the actor portraying him. A hardened 30 something.

    • He was 24 in the book, wasn’t he?

    • I thought the same thing so I looked some stuff up. According to the Hunger Games Wiki Finnick is supposed to be 24 or 25 years old and Sam Clafin is 26. IMO the problem is he looks the same age as Katniss when he should be about 7 years older than her. Since Jennifer Lawrence is 23, playing a 17 year old Katniss they could have cast an actor who was about 30.

  7. I always imagined Finnick looked more like Chris Hemsworth!

    • Since his brother Liam is playing Gale, I would say Awkwaaaard….

  8. Am I the only one that thinks Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is the spitting image of a young James Caan?? I mean they almost look identical!!

  9. Did not know Arndt was writing. Interests me… I wasn’t crazy about either the books or the first movie. the film felt like eating a sandwich with a slice of turkey and a piece of cheese on it, even though Ross did a great job filming it.

    • Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt wrote the script, with some input by the author.

  10. I just finished reading the book and i hope this one will be a lot better than the first movie. If done right it should be a good watch.

  11. In my opinion Hunger Games was one of the worst movies of history. The best part is where she blows up food, yep, 29 seconds of pure awesomeness, then it all goes back to the way it started, no story, just kILL, KILL, KILL! This movie could have been a three hour epic, then I’d go crazy over it, if it had the first 40 – 55 minutes be filled with story, take Sherlock holmes 1 AND 2 for example.

  12. I dont know, they made Claflin look like a broke @ss version of,that Alex Pettfer dork from “I AM NUMBER FOUR”. Someone should have stepped up to the plate and said: “look, why rehash a blonde version of what hollywood thinks a handsome man is, why not go for charisma, AND screen presence, but exclude the bed-head blonde hair?” Claflin was a horrible choice, he’s hugely forgettable and have overestimated his acting abilities.

  13. One of the most important things what the sequel needs is a leaner Jennifer Lawrence. She was not believable in the Hunger-scenario with that amount of weight.

  14. Those outfits are confusing to me, not because they look weird or anything but because those suits obviously show that they are meant for the water. Which is against the rules of the Games. All Tributes need to have the same, generic clothes that don’t have any clues as to what their environment will be.

    • In the book, they are given a full body wet-suit just like the outfit pictures above. Only, in the book they are blue. Of course, they don’t know it’s a wet suit until they enter the arena.

      I don’t think Sam Clarfin looks bad as Finnick. Personally, I think that Garret Hedlund would have been a better choice, but what’s done is done. People of the cover of magazines always looks ridiculous (think back to the Avengers cover back in May), but I think the picture of them is a mostly accurate depiction of Finnick’s manners toward Katniss when they first met.

  15. Kinda looks like Aquaman!

  16. Claflin looks very much like I imagined Finnick. But I personally would’ve preferred Armie Hammer.

  17. Isn’t Finnick supposed to be a redhead?

    Y’know, I really like JenLawrence and thought her decision to keep her curves for the Mystique role so as to set a good example for body types was an admirable move as well as brave as hell (c’mon, she was naked painted in blue infront of the whole world).
    But her not doing the same for the role of Katniss seems misdirected, since she’s not making a stand there, but instead just fails to portray the reality of the book, which applies in the real world as well. Basically, starving half your life is going to leave you thin, sorry to say.

    Then again, I’m a nerd who cares about these things. Think I’ll just hope for actual decent fighting and a comprehensible plot and leave the rest…

  18. :D how old is gale and peeta in catching firee? I cant WAIT for the movie :))

  19. I hate Finnick bring back Peeta and I am an
    8 year old The Hunger Games fan so bring
    back Josh

    • I don’t understand what you are talking about Finnick and Peeta are completely different characters, not just because they are different characters but their personalities aren’t the same so I don’t understand how you can mix them up. Another thing is they also have different loves, are from different districts and there are 7 years between them.

      I’m really excited for Catching fire, the EW cover doesn’t show Sam in his full Finnick ability, the picture of him and Jennifer (Katniss) in what I assume is the sugar cube scene is much better. Even though its just a picture you can see the confidence and and how suave he is. I think without the unnecessary shakey camera work this movie could be amzing especially with such a good plot, with less story and more action.