Lionsgate has been keen on not revealing too much in the trailers for its adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ ultra-popular novel, The Hunger Games. Promos for the film have focused on introducing its protagonist, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and building up anticipation for the titular event – rather than actually showing more than brief glimpses of the carnage and life-or-death battles that transpire thereafter.

That is also the case with the third theatrical trailer for The Hunger Games, which is now online – and which – even more so than the previous promos – highlights the nature of Katniss’ plight as she readies herself for (literally) a fight for her life and everything she holds dear.

Here is an official synopsis for The Hunger Games, followed by the latest trailer:

In a dystopian future America is now Panem, a nation made up of twelve impoverished districts, all ruled by a militant capitol where technology and excess are a way of life. Every year the capitol holds a televised battle royal, where one male and female teenager from the twelve districts must battle to the death for the pleasure of capitol. When a young hunter from District 12 named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) sacrifices herself to save her little sister from the games, she embarks on a brave fight for survival that could change a nation.

This new Hunger Games preview is as short as the original teaser trailer, but still covers a good chunk of important narrative material, prior to the actual “Games.” It also nicely fleshes out Katniss’ motivation and mindset prior to that dangerous fight, by touching briefly on her relationships with her sister Primrose (Willow Shields), her longtime friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), and the newly-minted connection she forms with her enigmatic stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), as she prepares for battle.

So far, it looks like Lionsgate’s “more is less” approach to unveiling Hunger Games footage is paying off, seeing that many non-fans are now intrigued to find out what this flick has to offer. For those who are already HG converts, it’s all the more exciting to see brief bits of emotion-stirring moments from Collins’ book brought to life – along with colorful characters such as the overzealous Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and the Capitol’s “tribute” interview conductor, Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci).

Sidenote – one aspect from the Hunger Games movie that hasn’t been touched on in any of trailers is how the adaptation (according to director Gary Ross) is actually told from multiple points of view – and not just strictly from Katniss’, like in Collin’s original novel. It will definitely be interesting to see how that approach plays out in the film.

The Hunger Games will hit theaters in the U.S. on March 23rd, 2012.

Source: Yahoo! Movies