‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Trailer: The Capitol Strikes Back

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 19th, 2013 at 11:12 am,

Lionsgate’s YA novel adaptation, The Hunger Games, played well with critics and pulled in massive box office numbers last year, and the sequel, Catching Fire, could match or exceed that accomplishment. Picking up not long after Katniss and Peeta’s victory in the Games arena, the story reveals what happens when the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) tighten their grip on the citizens of Panem, in an effort to choke the revolution inspired by the young District 12 tributes and their (unintended) act of defiance.

Once again starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Josh Hutcherson (Red Dawn) as Katniss and Peeta, the cast includes returning actors like Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson, in addition to franchise newcomers like Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) as the new Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. Meanwhile, Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) has replaced Gary Ross in the director’s chair on the second Hunger Games movie, and will remain at the helm for the finale(s) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.

The Catching Fire trailer teases how Oscar-winning screenwriters Michael Arndt (Star Wars: Episode VII) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) handle President Snow’s plotting and scheming behind closed doors, which is something you never get to see in Suzanne Collins’ source material, since it’s told entirely from Katniss’ point of view. Ross added similar material in Hunger Games, but the scene glimpsed between Snow and Plutarch feels more necessary, in terms of plot exposition and character development.


catching fire katniss lawrence 570x216 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer: The Capitol Strikes Back

It appears the Catching Fire marketing campaign is going to follow the precedent set by Hunger Games, where the actual Game (or the “Quarter Quell,” in this case) won’t be shown in advance. I expect many people will find Lawrence’s approach to filming action to be an improvement on Ross’ method, and so far the dramatic moments look to be as emotionally-intense as those from the first movie. So, all in all, things are looking good for this sequel right now.

For a sneak peek at other familiar players and new Hunger Games cast additions (like Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair), check out the Catching Fire character portraits.


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

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 releases on November 21st, 2014, while Part 2 opens November 20th, 2015.

Source: Lionsgate

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  1. Very VERY excited. Catching Fire was my favorite book in the trilogy, and so far I think they’re definitely doing it justice.

    • Catching Fire was also my favourite in the trilogy and I’m very excited also because from this teaser trailer it looks like they may be following the book closer than the first film did with the first book in the trilogy!! Should be a fantastic film!

  2. looks good but watching it never felt like it was the right vibe. maybe thats cause it never once hinted at the next games.

    • There’s a longer trailer which shows a bit more of the game side of it – some training, reaping and the plates rising from the water – its great that they don’t give away too much!

  3. Really excited! I loved the first one a lot. I’m happy they just teased the fact that she’ll be going back in te arena. I liked how they focuse this on the capital. Can’t wait! Looking really good.

  4. It looks interesting. After the Eragon, Golden Compass, Host, Twilight, Chronicles of Narnia etc. messes, I really don’t want to give this a chance.

    • Hey, Chronicles of Narnia is awesome minus the third.

      • I only watched the first installment. I didn’t enjoy the performances by the kids they chose to play the principal characters. The books left such a strong impression on me that the movie would never have pleased me. Still, I gave it a shot.

        • I understand what you are saying. Some people like the Percy Jackson movie. I read the books and loved them but hated the movie. The actors were the main reason I hated too. I thought their portrayal of the Pevensie children was amazing. The actress who played Lucy even received awards.

          • Ha! I didn’t read the Percy Jackson books and absolutely loved the movie. Together, are we making the case that books ruin movies? ;-)

            • They do! I never read a book before I see the movie if I can help it, or I don’t reread books I’ve already been through until after the movie. You’ll just be happier that way. The worst adaptation I’ve ever seen was Blood and Chocolate, which was one of my favorite books as a teen.

      • @writer

        What? I liked the third one! >:-0

      • Those films are terrible


    The Hunger Games is good in books and epic in the first movie. Let’s hope this one doesn’t mess up.

    • @Zectron

      Um, Man of Steel trailers have been out for a while man… Where have you been??

  6. Jennifer Lawrence is still too fat to play Katniss.

    • Shut up.

      • Seconded

    • I think this movie is going to be better overall. The director wanted to bring a darker more raw feeling to this movie. I can see they changed some things from the book but what they changed looks like it will make the movie more suspenseful. And they definitely did hint at the games. When Snow talks about needing to exterminate the victors at the end of the trailer. Despite the fact that there will always be someone who disagrees, many people think Jennifer is a solid actress and I really enjoy her. Looking forward to it :)

    • da fuq is ur prob? >:-/

  7. It’s interesting to see that they’re going the rebellion route, as it wasn’t the main focus of the book. It looks good though.

  8. Looks pretty good! I think Sam Claflin is the wrong choice to play Finnick Odair! When I was reading the books i always imagined him looking like Chris Hemsworth! And Jennifer Lawrence is not fat!

    • In the book he’s described as having swimmers build, which means he’d be long and slim. Chris Hemsworth is to bulky. I mean you picture who you picture, but as far as the actual books description goes Sam’s pretty accurate.

    • I think this is why it’s better to not have read the books before watching the movie… Watch the movie and enjoy it for what it is and stop comparing it to the book. There will always be changes from one source to the next. If they focused more on looks than who can play the role, these adaptations will all suck. And you have to give the writers and directors of these adaptations a little wiggle room to make it their own or they will have no real passion or desire while making the film if they’re stuck having to depict the book page per page. Plus, why would you want to just see the exact same story and exact same events that you’ve already read??

  9. The dialog in the trailer felt unnatural to me, like people were reading a script rather than talking. But maybe it feels more natural in the context of the movie. Haven’t seen the first, was the dialogue good in that one?

  10. I know this sound weird but I though (for a second) Jeniffer Lawrence looked kind of like a female Benedict Cumbernatch. However she still can’t act like he can.

    • Wow, she kinda does, and she doesn’t have to act as good as he does. She’s great in all of her roles.

  11. Cool, could be better than the first. With the addition of Hoffman and Lawrence coming off her first Oscar win, the cast on this one is great.

  12. Wow. Looks like it could be just a great as the first film or better. Wished this one comes sooner.

  13. Where is Peeta’s fake leg? oh wait they didnt add that vital part to the first movie… stupid. The first movie to me was average at best, terrible camerwork at the beginning of the film that was overly distracting, with its shaky cam and lack of any wideshots. Im glad they got a new director but you can’t just add on the things the first director missed aka Peeta loosing his leg and the gene splitting dogs.

    • People need to learn that the director doesn’t decide on the story, the SCREENWRITER DOES. Suzanne Collins co-wrote the script, the author herself didn’t include the fake leg and the gene splitting dogs.

      And what’s so vital about the fake leg? Ooh he can’t run in the arena in Catching Fire, omg. Get over it.

  14. As much as I love J-Law, I didn’t really care for the first movie. Admittedly, this does look pretty cool. I’ll probably wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it because November there are a lot of other films I want to see.

    • Great, now she’s “J-Law?” WTF? Are we THAT lazy?? *shakes head*

      • That was confusing. I was thinking, “where was Jude Law in the first movie?”

        • @Royal

          LOL, don’t feel bad, I thought the same thing at first, but figured it out after reading it again. :-D

  15. Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful I love watching her. And not in a weird way. I think she looks amazing and is more than credable as an actress. m a huge fan. Those fat comments r so ridiculous people that say things like that need to up and wake

  16. What the hell i was writing a comment and it got ripped away mixed up and published. I was saying J Law is awesome. Wake up grow up to those fat detractors. Shes beautiful and i cant wait to c her in the rest of the movies. And Liam Hemsworth as well. Wish i didnt have to wait so long. X

  17. “emotionally-intense as those from the first movie”
    There was emotion in the first film? I’m pretty sure Ardnt and Lawrence will make a much better film though.

  18. For those who read the book will know why the trailer focused on what it did. when people who haven’t read the book they will be really surprised at what happens to katniss and peeta

  19. Im so excited for this movie, The books were great but this one was my favorite. Mainly because it was a All stars hunger games match

  20. Nothing about the Quarter Quell? Finally, a trailer that doesn’t give the entire movie away.

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