A new image has been released from Lionsgate’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games. For those unfamiliar, the story takes place in a dystopian future where a young woman must survive a televised fight to the death between her and teenagers from the other districts of Panem. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss, our protagonist, and this new image shows her character being embraced by Lenny Kravitz’s Cinna. Fans of the book will recognize the significance of the image, especially the events that transpire immediately afterwards. Anticipation for the film is high, and we recently reported that the sequel, Catching Fire, may be shooting in Hawaii this fall.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, and Woody Harrelson. The Hunger Games opens March 23rd.
Image courtesy of Rolling Stone.
Here’s the synopsis for The Hunger Games:
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.