We have seen a few photos from the North Carolina set of The Hunger Games, but they lacked a certain human element. Today’s collection fixes that, with photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields, and even Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins in costume. These characters are residents of the destitute District 12, so the costumes are drab. But as the action travels to the lavish Capitol, the clothes become decidedly more flamboyant.
In other Hunger Games news, Lionsgate announced on Twitter that newcomer Amber Chaney is cast as “Avox girl,” a servant whose tongue was cut out for committing crimes against the Capitol. This Avox is assigned to Katniss (Lawrence) as she prepares for the Hunger Games. It’s a minor role (obviously non-speaking), but Katniss and the Avox share a special connection, so the character is not unimportant.
Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Wes Bentley also star in the adaptation directed by Gary Ross (Seabisciut). The Hunger Games is scheduled for release on March 23, 2012. Check out the set photos after the jump.
[Update: We have been asked to take down the images.]
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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.