New Hunger Games Photo Shows Katniss And Peeta Dressed For The Opening Ceremonies

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games
(Image credit: Lionsgate)

While the countdown continues for the big screen release of the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins popular young adult novel The Hunger Games, yet another photo from the film has made its way online. This one reveals Katniss and Peeta looking dressed up and ready for the opening ceremony.

Given the nature of the story, which follows a girl named Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as she represents her district in a fight-to-the-death battle with kids from other districts, it’s no surprise that we don’t see a lot of smiles in these stills from the film. While there are some uplifting moments, this is not a happy story. So it’s unsurprising that this latest photo is yet another glimpse at Katniss and her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta looking concerned.

Among the more recent glimpses of the film was a photo of Katniss, Haymitch and Effie Trinket sitting together on a couch looking dressed up but more or less relaxed. Or maybe it’s just Haymitch that’s relaxed, and he has a drink in his hand, which could explain that.

In the photo below, which Entertainment Weekly shared this morning, Katniss and Peeta are dressed up in similar black outfits, as Cinna appears to be ready to add some flare to them...

Per EW, what we’re looking at in the photo above is a glimpse at the District 12 tributes in their opening ceremonies outfits, taken in “the moments just before their introduction.” Per director Gary Ross, “This is one of those moments where Cinna’s character syncs up with the creativity of our costume designer Judianna Makovsky.”

According to what Katniss' stylist Cinna says in the novel, the opening ceremonies costume is said to "reflect the flavor of the district." Ross goes on to reference Cinna’s vision of creating an outfit that would have come out of District 12...

“...out of a coal mining world, with a fresh, bold look to it. So Judianna went to this wonderful black reflective material that glistened like coal or graphite and would obviously work well in the Tribute parade where Katniss becomes the Girl on Fire.”

There is something coal-like about the outfits and the opening ceremonies, where Katniss becomes the “Girl on Fire” may be one of, if not the most anticipated costume moment for the film. The book describes Katniss' opening ceremony outfit as a simple black unitard that covers her "from ankle to neck." She wears shiny leather boots that lace up to her knees, and there's a "fluttering cape made of streams of orange, yellow, and red, and the matching headpiece that define the costume." The costume shown above seems a bit more elaborate than a simple unitard, though I don't see a cape, but it works, no?

The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23rd. More on the film can be found in our Blend Film Database.

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