‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer: Let the Competition Begin

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 17th, 2011 at 1:39 pm,

hunger games trailer The Hunger Games Trailer: Let the Competition Begin

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

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  1. My only complaint is Haymitch’s hair.

  2. Holy Crap I can’t wait

  3. I loved it. I love the way Katniss screams “I volunteer”, great acting there by Jen. I love the look of district 12. President snow and Haymitch are perfect. Oh, the music SOLD IT. Gah cant wait guys. This is going to be great!

  4. 1. Hated Haymitch’s hair.
    2. Hoped District 12 would look more ragged and run down.
    3. Wow! The countdown at the end and all the tributes running gave me chills! So excited!

  5. Looks like they’ve done a good job casting Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, but I never, ever pictured Haymitch as Woody Harrelson. Doesn’t work for me at all.

    Overall, looks promising and should allay fears of this going down the “Twilight” path.


    • I got the total opposite feeling from this trailer some parts looked good and other parts made it seem like it was gonna be a battle royal for twilight fans.

  6. Vic,

    I respectfully disagree with you about Woody. Even before casting started, I always pictured Woody Harrelson as Haymitch (Except for the hair style they are going with. Not really sure about that). Something about the role of a drunken mentor screamed Harrelson to me.
    I do agree though, that this helped show they weren’t going down the “Twilight” path.

    • Vic, who do you think would be a great Haymitch?

      • Rickster,

        I don’t have anyone particular in mind – but someone a bit shorter, squatter, beefier, gruffer. I have a couple of actors envisioned but for the life of me I can’t remember their names.


        • Yup, that’s how I pictured Haymitch, too. And Hemsworth as Gale is a miscast for me. Other than that, I’m pretty content with this. They’re moving quickly.

        • Vic do you mean someone like Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins or JAmes Gandolfini?

      • Great Haymitch would be Hugh Laurie

  7. That music was incredible. If that’s what the soundtrack is like then I would see it just for that.

  8. I like how it bucked the trend of showing major plot points. The fact they left out the ‘games’ almost all together was a classy move which should get people really interested.

  9. green band trailer?? wtf are you talking about,this is a pg-13 movie…

    • kure,

      Heh, good point. We’ll update the post.


  10. Though I think jennifer lawrence is a good actress I think hailey steinfield from true grit would have been a better choice.

    • Yup.

    • Based on…? The dialog in True Grit is so particular to that movie, it’s hard to say what she’d do with a more modern role. She’s really not been in anything else I’ve seen (and none of it looks impressive from my corner of the ‘net), so…

  11. i also hated heimlich’s hair.

    a few scenes that gave me chills:

    primrose turned around to see katniss volunteering
    peeta got selected and was staring back at katniss (his eyes.. so emotional)
    final scene – tributes running towards cornucopia

    question: is the red dress, the ‘girl on fire’ costume?

    • I’m guessing that red dress is indeed the “girl on fire costume” – it’s just not been lit up by Cinna yet.

      • I think it is just the interview dress. You can see the “girl on fire” after during the procession scene on the banner and through the magnified glass thing the captiol citizen is holding.

        • Ah, good catch, I didn’t notice that.

  12. wow, this trailer convinced me to go by the books, which i will do now.

  13. Never read the books , have no vested intrest was just looking to watch a good trailer , wich did not happen that looked woeful , those suit designs for the prison guards came right from a 7o s Bmovie , i ll pass on this , wich is a shame because Lawrence was great as MYSTIQUE !

  14. I don’t have very high expectations for this movie. Book adaptations are largely hit at miss (LOTR was absolutely fantastic while Eragon failed miserably) and with such an inherently controversial theme (kids killing kids) I find hard to believe the film’s producers will be willing to capture the cynicism and dark tone of the books. The Hunger Games has a large budget with two more films planned; Lionsgate is probably relying on the pull of the brand name, and compuer generated effects to rake in profits.

    • Agreed.

  15. So good. I was shaking with excitement while watching this. Any worry left from the teaser is pretty much gone now.

    I only hope they manage to convey the bloody scenes in the movie in a good way without making it to grotesque. That’s what worked in the books, I normaly don’t like reading such bloody fights and deaths but it was balanced just right for you to get how horrible it was without going too much into the details.

  16. If you look at the scene where it shows Katniss on a banner in the capitol, it looks like there are flames behind her. I think the red dress is just for the interview and not for the chariot procession.

  17. The girl on fire can be seen after the red dress and through the magnify glass thingy.

  18. Please tell me this film is not going to lead up to one big forest action sequence????…I haven’t read the books

    • Well, it’s not just one big action sequence, but yes, most of the story (and the entire climax) of the first book takes place in the forest.

    • yes it will. one gigantic big forect action sequence… book 2 is water.. :)

    One problem y does Woody look like the KFC GUY lol

  20. Oh my god! Get over the hair! IT IS HAIR! You also saw him for a split second. Get over it. Move on. There are bigger things in this movie than his hair. The trailer looks awesome. if you all are going to get hung up on Woody’s hair than that is a shame.

  21. Looks really good. Only disappointed Isabelle Fuhrman isn’t in the trailer, lol. Hope her character is badass though… :-)

    • She’s at the 1:40 mark, I think. You have to pause it to see her and she’s next to Cato and Marvel.

  22. I liked the trailer. I didn’t love it, but it was definitely good. Certainly put some of those Twilight fears to rest… for now.

  23. i didn’t realize we were in a hairstyle forum. i thought this was all about movies. i think the hair we are seeing is after he has been made to look (more) presentable. i’m sure the drunken haymitch will have some really good “drunk guy” hair for all you QEFTSG’s out here. I, for one, could care less about his hair. i think woody is a very talented actor and i think he will do a fine job.i know where Whysohappy? is coming from. book adaptions can be so bad, case in point, 60% of steven king daptions. i almost wish i had seen the movies 1st, then read the books, as i did with the 1st 2 harry potter books. but i’m saving my judgement until AFTER i see the movie, not base it on a 2 minute collectoin of 5 second clips…and i thought they were making 4 movies total, not 3

  24. I have read all the books and after seeing this trailer I am pleasantly surprised. So far it looks must better than I had anticipated. I feel like they have got the mood of the books pretty well translated to the movie based on what we have seen so far.

  25. ?

  26. OK, I finally saw the trailer, and while it was OK, I didn’t get this epic feeling that many seem to have gotten. I’m still not sure if this is a movie I will pursue, but I will wait for a SR review.

  27. What demographic are the books aimed at? I gave I am number 4 a chance because it looked alright in the preview but if these are geared toward young girls (Which I’m guessing) i wont even bother with it when its on basic cable in ten years

    • Its aimed at everyone basically. Id say no one under 10 though lol…

  28. I was worried when I first hear about the movies that they would ruin the books for me. After seeing the trailer though, I was reminded of the sense of suspense that permeated the entire book. If they can maintain this sense of suspense throughout the movie, it’ll be great.

  29. When I first heard about the movies I was worried that they might ruin the books for me. But after seeing the trailer I’m reminded of the sense of suspense I felt throughout the books. If they can maintain that sense of suspense through the whole movie, they’ll be great.