“Her entire species must be eradicated,” in the stern warning that President Snow (Donald Sutherland) gives to new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, as the pair discuss what to do about the fly in the ointment that is Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) – whose actions have spurred the districts of Panem towards a revolt against the Capitol – in the teaser trailer for this fall’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Katniss’ “species,” in this case, refers to the survivors from previous Games, while the solution to the Capitol’s dilemma presents itself with the “Quarter Quell”: a special version of the Hunger Games that is held every 25 years, where a different twist is added to make the gladiatorial proceedings more difficult than usual. The 3rd Quarter Quell (or 75th Game overall) involves bringing back winners from past Games back into the arena, including those who are well past their fighting prime.
Previously-released Catching Fire posters have shown the experienced Tributes in their uniforms, but the latest image gallery for the film provides a look at the players in… well, okay, their other training outfits, in addition to featuring a couple of participants who didn’t get their own one-sheet before (save for Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, surprisingly enough). The lineup here includes Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) as Finnick Odair, Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)) as Gloss, Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire) as Beetee, Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) as Wiress, Lynn Cohen (Eagle Eye) as Mags, Bruno Gunn (The Vatican Tapes) as Brutus, Meta Golding (CSI) as Enobaria, Stephanie Leigh Schlund (The Last Song) as Cashmere and stunt performer Elena Sanchez (Looper) as Cecilia.
Check out the latest batch of Catching Fire images (via The Playlist):
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The remainder of these Catching Fire images highlight returning cast members like Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark – and so forth, with the exception of the film’s actual protagonist, Katniss. Then again, at this stage, the marketing doesn’t need to worry about endearing Hunger Games book and movie fans to Lawrence in the lead role; rather, it’s about selling the new cast additions, as far as them looking their respective parts decently – with help from costume designer Trish Summerville (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
As for the rest of the movie: the Catching Fire trailers point to director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and Oscar-winning screenwriters Michael Arndt (Oblivion) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) having done a pretty bang-up job of adapting Suzanne Collins’ source novel into a film that’s more complex on all fronts (i.e. thematic and technical levels). In other words: the Hunger Games sequel could be a standout in the upcoming Fall 2013 movie season, even amidst a sea of promising awards-contenders and big-budget entertainment.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in U.S. theaters on November 22nd, 2013.
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