I just watched The Hunger Games teaser six times. Why? Because I haven’t been this excited for a blockbuster adaptation since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I don’t know if the teaser does anything for non-fans, but the sequence captured here, a scene from inside the arena where the Gamemakers start lobbing fireballs at tributes, is exactly how I pictured it. Well, minus Jennifer Lawrence being there. But after seeing her in Winter’s Bone, I’m confident she’ll make a badass Catniss.
For those unintiated in the world of The Hunger Games, the story is set in a dystopian North America now called Panem. The country is ruled by a dictator (President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland) who reminds residents of the 12 inhabited districts that they’re lives are in the President’s hands by forcing their children to fight in a battle to the death every year… on television. (It’s a little bit like Running Man with teenagers.) Katniss, played by Lawrence, is selected from District 12 to fight in the annual Hunger Games, and well, those Snow and the Gamemakers don’t know who they’re dealing with.
Don’t believe me? Check out the teaser from last night’s VMAs:
The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland, opens March 23, 2012.