Dedicated fans of Suzanne Collins’ original novel, The Hunger Games, got a kick out of the teaser trailer for writer/director Gary Ross’ impending film adaptation. However, those who were only mildly familiar with the dramatic sci-fi/action title – or had never even heard of the name Katniss Everdeen before – were less taken with the brief glimpse at the project. Lionsgate’s additional marketing campaign for the film has (likewise) seemingly appealed foremost to the fans, rather than novices.

Today, a full theatrical preview for The Hunger Games has been unveiled – one which should do a better job of informing newcomers as to whether or not this series is of interest to them.

The Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian futuristic setting where the North American continent (now known as Panem) has been spoiled by years of war, famine, and drought. Panem’s government keeps its twelve districts in line by annually holding a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games, a death match in which a teenage boy and girl, or “Tributes,” from each district are randomly selected to participate in. Whoever wins said gladiatorial competition walks away with a massive amount of precious supplies and food materials for their respective district.

District 12 resident Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) willingly becomes a “Tribute” in order to take the place of her younger sister, Primrose (Willow Shields). She thereafter travels to the technologically-advanced Capitol, where she – along with her her male counterpart Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and their often-drunk mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) – strategize in order to gain the favor of the Capitol’s population… and thus, improve their chances of walking away from the Hunger Games alive.

With that in mind – check out the official trailer for The Hunger Games:

Among the highlights of this new theatrical preview are:

  • Hints of the intimate connection between Katniss and her longtime friend, Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth)
  • An early look at District 12 escort Effie Trinket, whose overzealous nature and flamboyant appearance appears to have been nicely captured by Elizabeth Banks.
  • Glimpses of several emotion-churning moments prior to the actual Hunger Games (Katniss bidding her loved ones goodbye, Peeta and Katniss’ conversation the night before the event, etc.).
  • Very brief looks at the architecture and residents of the Capitol, which is somewhat reminiscent in appearance of the futuristic landscapes in The Fifth Element or Coruscant in the Star Wars prequels.

Overall, though, this new Hunger Games theatrical preview is still very much a tease. While it does a better job than the actual teaser, as far as introducing the nature and design of the film’s world to newcomers, most of the characters and scenes (briefly) shown here will mean little to those who are not already fans. Not to mention, the actual “Game” is only hinted at near the end.

How about it, non-Hunger Games fans: Are you onboard for this movie yet? Or are you still waiting for Lionsgate to release a trailer that really delivers the (action-packed) goods?

The Hunger Games arrives in theaters around the U.S. on March 23rd, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers