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Tonight we finally got our first look at the trailer for The Hunger Games, the hugely anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novel, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The trailer premiered during the MTV Video Music Awards, and you can watch it embedded below to get a sense of how Lawrence is as Katniss, and how director Gary Ross is recreating the post-apocalyptic, terrifying world of Collins's novel. Take a look:
It's an incredibly short trailer-- they promised it was a teaser though, so I guess we should have expected as much-- and focuses on Katniss running through the woods. At first glimpse she could be hunting in the woods that surround her home in District 12, but soon she's being attacked by the fireballs that are clearly part of the Hunger Games. The money shot is really her shooting that arrow, Katniss's signature move that might be the most important element for Jennifer Lawrence to nail in playing the character.
The voiceover narration is coming from Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Katniss's childhood friend who plays only a minor role in the first book, but becomes more important later on. The voiceover is just further confirmation that his role has been expanded from the book, both to emphasize the love triangle that's an important part of the story and to make it more clear to the audience how important Gale is to Katniss. But while I worried that the first trailer, especially one debuting during the VMAs, would emphasize the love triangle to the point of making it Twilight, that's not at all what's happening here. Gale's voiceover is all about Katniss's skills and her strengths, and we're not seeing Jennifer Lawrence gazing deeply at either of the guys in her life-- she's dodging fireballs and shooting arrows, just as her fans from the book would expect her to. Say what you will about how frustratingly short this is, but that is the Katniss we know.
The Hunger Games, which also stars-- among others-- Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson, is set to open March 23, 2012. For everything else you need to know about the movie, visit our Blend Film Database.
(Big thanks to Sean O'Connell for helping me scour the VMAs and find this trailer!)