5 Things We Learned From The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Teaser

By Katey Rich 2013-04-15 09:00:09discussion comments
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2. We're getting way more of Plutarch Heavensbee.
Plutarch's role in Catching Fire is truly pretty minimal, as he has a brief and puzzling encounter with Katniss at the Capitol ball and then re-appears at the end as the secret mastermind behind the rebellion and her escape from the arena. It was a really satisfying reveal in the book, but imagine how much more interesting it might be in the film, watching Plutarch plot next to President Snow for the entire film, only to reveal his true colors in the very end (this is something I assumed would be impossible after seeing The Hunger Games, and I'm happy to have been wrong). Of course, given that Philip Seymour Hoffman was cast in the part we probably should have expected an expanded presence-- but the focus put on him in this trailer, and how excellently he sounds cold and calculating, makes me even more excited for what we'll see from him.
3. They are really embracing the darkness.
Despite their young-adult origins, the Hunger Games books get increasingly darker as the series goes on, and this teaser indicates that director Francis Lawrence is not shying away from the seriously grotesque stuff that happens in Catching FIre. The old man being executed for defying the Capitol in District 10, Gale's whipping at the hands of the Peacekeepers-- they're even upping the ante by having Katniss not just step in to save him, but having a gun shoved in her face. And that's only the terrifying stuff that happens before the arena. Brace yourselves for some intensity, everyone.
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