The marketing campaign for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire kicked off in earnest yesterday with the first images from the film, revealing the return of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth as well as our first look at Sam Claflin as fan-favorite character Finnick. Another batch of images has landed online today, giving us a peek at Philip Seymour Hoffman as new Head Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee (yes, the names are increasingly ridiculous) and the return of Woody Harrelson as Haymitch. Moreover, director Francis Lawrence has revealed three characters from the book that didn’t make it into the movie.
Hit the jump for the images and info. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22nd.
As part of EW’s cover story this weekend, Lawrence spilled the beans on which characters didn’t make it into the movie: Bonnie, Twill, and Darius. Bonnie and Twill figure prominently into a major plot point from the book (spoiler: the characters are used to introduce the audience to the surprise District 13), so it should be interesting to see how Lawrence works around their absence. The director wouldn’t elaborate on the changes, only saying “it was fun figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.” Producer Nina Jacobson elaborated a bit more on making changes to the book:
“It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan. I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”