Lionsgate has released the first trailer for the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. The movie is set in the future in the ruins of what was once North America and is now known as “Panem”. The story centers on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a young woman who must survive a televised fight to the death between her and teenagers from other the other districts of Panem. You won’t really get any of that from this teaser trailer. You won’t get much of anything except Katniss running through the woods, dodging fireballs, shooting an arrow, and a really good look at the logo. This is not a movie that sells itself and there are plenty of folks thinking “Oh, great. Another Twilight mixed with second-rate Battle Royale.” They need to be convinced or at least intrigued. This teaser plays only to the fans and as someone who enjoyed the book, even I was underwhelmed.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), the film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland star. The Hunger Games opens on March 23, 2012.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games:
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part 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.